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REVIEW ARTICLE DRUG COMPLIANCE AND ADHERENCE TO TREATMENT Dr. T. Manmohan, Dr. G. Sreenivas, Dr. V.V. Sastry, Dr. E. Sudha Rani, Dr. K. Indira, Dr. T. Ushasree. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology. Gandhi Medical College, Secunderabad. Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine. Gandhi Medical College, Secunderabad. Professor, Department of Community Medicine. Gandhi Medical College, Secunderabad. P.G. Student, Department of Pharmacology. Gandhi Medical College, Secunderabad. Professor, Department of Pharmacology. Gandhi Medical College, Secunderabad. Professor & Head, Evaluator, Department of Pharmacology. Gandhi Medical College, Secunderabad. CORRESPONDING AUTHOR: Dr. Tepoju Manmohan, Gandhi Medical College, Secunderabad, AP, Email id- manmohanam28@gmail.com, Ph- 0091 09346935968. ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: In spite of any number of medicines will not be of use unless patient takes’ them. After diagnosing the disease, the next most important step is to follow the instructions of physician in terms of treatment. The doctor’s responsibility does not end with writing prescription, assuming patient will adhere to it. He/she should cross check the behavior of patient for drug compliance and see that patient follows it and get the benefit. Non compliance is the main barrier for the effective delivery of the medical care. This will have greater implications on the economic burden on the country in terms of frequent hospitalization, use of ...
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