According to the Wall Street Journal “a review of insurance-claims data shows that so-called abandonment—when a patient refuses to purchase or pick up a prescription that was filled and packaged by a pharmacist—was up 55% in the second quarter of this year, compared with four years earlier.”
I don’t blame many patients, with medication co-payments on the rise as a result of employers shifting the burden to employees, and high-deductible health insurance plans, this sort of behavior is likely to rise even further. I won’t lie, I have done the same myself, and I won’t say I am in a bad economic position. Just imagine those without a job, or in low-income jobs, they may have to decide whether to pay their rent/mortgage or buy groceries or take yet another expensive medication that may or may not work. Well, we know man cannot live on medication alone, you gotta eat….right.