Diverse Reasons Cited for Skipping Diabetes, Pain Meds

December 14, 2009
Modern Medicine

Financial pressures may cause patients who take both pain and diabetes medications to forgo both, but those who selectively cut out only diabetes medications often do so because of depression or negative beliefs about the medications, according to a study in the December issue of Diabetes Care.

Jacob E. Kurlander, M.D., of the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, and colleagues studied cost-related non-adherence to medications (CRN) among 245 patients using both diabetes and chronic pain medications. In interviews, the subjects provided demographic, income and educational information, and were asked if costs ever necessitated they cut back on either both medications, only diabetes medications, only pain medications, or neither medications. More…