More than $500 billion wasted in nonoptimized prescriptions

Jonathan H. Watanbe
The estimated yearly cost of drug-related morbidity and mortality caused by nonoptimized medication therapy — those prescriptions that are unfilled, contribute to a new health problem or are not exactly the right medication or dose — was more than half a trillion dollars in 2016, according to findings recently published in Annals of Pharmacotherapy.
A 2008 estimate showed such spending was $290 billion annually, or 13% of U.S. health care spending in that year, according to researchers.
“A more current estimate of the cost related to nonoptimized medication

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