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Adherence—Key in Diabetes—Makes Pharmacists’ Role Clear

KEY POINT

Patients with type 2 diabetes who do not take at least 80% of prescribed oral hypoglycemic agents during a calendar year have a 2.5 times greater chance of being hospitalized in the following year, according to a recently published study.

SOURCES

Lau DT, Nau DP. Oral antihyperglycemic medication nonadherence and subsequent hospitalization among individuals with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2004;27:2149–53.