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Pill appearance affects how patients take their medications

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Heart patients significantly more likely to stop taking medication after pill changes appearance.

When it comes to taking generic heart medications, appearance matters.

Published in:

Annals of Internal Medicine

Study Further:

Physicians often prescribe generic medications for the treatment of cardiovascular disease because generics are inexpensive for patients and payors and are available in nearly every class of relevant medication – antihypertensive, lipid-lowering, anticoagulant, antiplatelet, and antiarrhythmic agents. While generic drugs are therapeutically interchangeable, pill appearance may vary among manufacturers, or between generic and brand-name versions of a drug. Whether these appearance changes affect patient adherence to medications is an issue because taking medications as prescribed is essential for good outcomes. Continue reading