Here’s a generalization about millennials you may not have heard before: They struggle mightily to take their daily pills as prescribed.

Commercially insured young adults are significantly less likely than their older counterparts to be adherent to their diabetes medications, concludes a report released Friday by Express Scripts (ESRX), the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager. Just 40 percent of women and 48 percent of men between the ages of 20 and 44 had access to their prescribed diabetes medication at least 80 percent of the time, according to the report, which looked at 1.4 million patients in plans managed by Express Scripts.

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  • In fact, the elderly won’t take their medication but will still get their prescriptions filled to please the doctor. The younger generations simply won’t fill the prescription with the same conformity as the elderly do.
    I don’t think it is an age issue teally. It’s because the perceived benefit of taking the drugs is low. The actual benefit is often just as low. Not for all drugs, but probably most.

  • The elderly are notorious for not taking their medication. As an ex pharmacist I have seen giant garbage bags filled with medications being returned to the pharmacy extremely frequently.

    • With your attitude towards the elderly it’s a good thing you are no longer a practicing pharmacist.

  • Yet millennials have no trouble to take remembering to take their Adderall when they have those all nighters and are quite industrious in scoring Addies for their buddies or selling them to their profs so that they they can stay up all night grading those papers written under the influence of amphetanines by the students that copped the speed for them.

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