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Poor drug adherence after heart attack puts patients at greater risk of death at one year

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 06 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:529
  1. Barbara Kermode-Scott
  1. 1Toronto

Patients who do not order all the drugs prescribed after discharge from hospital after acute myocardial infarction have a greater risk of death at one year, a large population based cohort study in Ontario has shown (Circulation 2008;117:1028-36 doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.107.706820). And only three out of four patients ordered all of the drugs that they had been prescribed.

Researchers at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto reported that primary non-compliance, when a patient receives a first prescription but does not order the drugs, was associated with a greater risk of death at one year after myocardial infarction even after adjusting for …

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