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Compliance and Prescribance

Am J Dis Child. 1975;129(9):1009-1010. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1975.02120460003001.
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Meyers and associates, in an article in this issue of the Journal (see p 1011), provide additional useful information about how well patients take prescribed medication. For youngsters with cystic fibrosis the answer is very well indeed—80% of them were completely compliant. The authors speculate that this may relate to the family's awareness of the severity of the condition, a factor known to enhance the likelihood of compliance. They also identify a remarkable degree of self-medication— 39% of the patients at some time took antibiotics not prescribed. These data are consistent with Haggerty and Roghmann's observation1 that on any given day in Monroe County, New York, one child in three and one mother in two are taking some medication (predominantly vitamins, aspirin, and cold remedies). Evidently, swallowing a pill is more American than swallowing apple pie, and is begun at an earlier age. Although patients medicate themselves more or


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