Medication adherence is a focal point for us. We will often call our patients when they are due or past due to have a medication refilled to see if they need it or if they had any questions or concerns that might prevent them from picking up the medication or continuing their drug therapy.
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve called a patient up and gotten something along these lines in response:
“I ain’t never taken the medication in my life!”
“What is that? I don’t take that! I never taken that!”
“I’m not on anything like that!”
Bear in mind, this will be a drug that they have been on for more than three months and have picked up multiple refills for it. We’re just calling them because they’re past due for a refill. This is a little troubling to me.
Are you meaning to tell me, patient, that you are regularly taking something and you have no idea what it is or what it’s for? WHAT THE HELL? Do you trust your doctor that much, or do you just seriously not care about what you could possibly be putting into your body? Goodness.