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Patience with Patients

What is patient adherence?

As defined by the WHO, patient adherence is the extent to which a person’s behaviour – for example, taking medication, following a diet or executing lifestyle changes – corresponds with the agreed recommendations from a healthcare provider. A low level of adherence means that the likelihood of patients taking their prescribed medication correctly is small, which can be very dangerous, in some cases.

Would you say that this is a growing or lessening concern for the pharmaceutical industry and why?

Patient adherence is currently one of the biggest challenges that the pharma industry is facing and remains a growing concern. Not only do low patient adherence levels affect healthcare efficacy, it is also extremely costly to the industry. Research shows that patients not taking their medication in line with recommendations costs the NHS £500 million per year, which, in context, is equivalent to 30,000 kidney transplants or an extra 21,000 qualified nurses.

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Rupert Taylor joined Essentra in 2014 as Global Category Manager Household for food and drink. He is now Global Category Manager for healthcare and personal care. Rupert’s role is to identify customer and consumer needs in the market place and deliver those solutions through the company’s portfolio of packaging, components, special technologies, security, and authentication. Prior to joining Essentra, he worked as Marketing and Innovation Director for Puratos, Brazil. Rupert’s experience spans over 20 years in delivering results in both B2B and B2C environments on a global basis.
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