Only half of patients take their medications as prescribed.6 With several prescriptions, keeping track of when to take which medications can be complicated, particularly for older patients. Therapeutic adherence is essential for effective treatment, and non-adherence leads to additional hospitalizations, lower quality of life, and over 200,000 avoidable deaths a year. In Europe, non-adherence is responsible for €125 billion in excess healthcare spending.7 Achieving better therapeutic adherence saves lives and money, extending limited healthcare resources.
Dose dispensing is one of the easiest and most effective interventions for improving adherence. With this service, patients are provided customized pouches containing all of the medications that they must take at a particular time and date, reducing the chances of mistakes or missed doses. A study of older patients showed adherence improved from 58% to 81% for patients benefiting from dose dispensing.8 An adherence improvement of that magnitude across Europe could save tens of thousands of lives and billions of euros. We urge lawmakers to acknowledge the Therapeutic Adherence Gap as an unmet medical need of patients in Europe and support implementation of dose dispending.