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CDC Report on Medication Adherence to Improve Blood Pressure Control; NACDD Resources Support States

Thursday, September 15, 2016   (0 Comments)
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About 70% of US adults, ages 65 or older, have hypertension, but only about half have the condition under control. According to the report, about 5 million people — one in four adults ages 65 or older with Medicare Part D and a prescription for hypertension medication — are not taking their medication as directed. Medication adherence is critical to hypertension control. Researchers looked at disparities in adherence rates based on factors including geography, race/ethnicity, gender, income status, and medication class. The percentage of Medicare Part D enrollees not taking their blood pressure medicine is higher among American Indians/Alaska Natives (39 percent), Black (36 percent), and Hispanic (34%) groups. Geographic disparities were also found. CDC encourages health care systems to help people understand the importance of blood pressure control and how taking blood pressure medicine (along with a healthy diet and exercise) lowers risk of heart disease, kidney disease, and stroke. For more information, visit the Vital Signs webpage to find and share the Vital Signs, MMWR, fact sheet, and social media tools, such as theVital Signs buttons and e-mail updates. NACDD held a number of events in 2015 to help states in their efforts to support clinical providers in improving the percentage of patients who take hypertension medications as prescribed. This NACDD document summarizes the webinars and has links to the presentations and related resources. Find more information about medication adherence, as well as resources and tools, on the Million Hearts® medication adherence webpage