DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Request for Information on Prescription Medication Adherence
AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the
Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the
Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service.
ACTION: Request for information.
SUMMARY: The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health is seeking
information about causes, impact and potential solutions associated
with the public health problem of prescription medication non-adherence
in adults with chronic conditions. The purpose of this notice is to
provide individuals and organizations with the opportunity to identify
issues relevant to all levels of government, as well as individuals,
health care providers, and industry and private organizations in
efforts to improve medication adherence in adults with chronic
conditions. Comments that provide input on and evidence from
interventions that improve adherence are particularly encouraged.
Comments must be in writing and should not exceed 500 words. All
comments will receive careful consideration. However, persons and
organizations submitting comments will not receive individual
DATES: Individuals and organizations interested in providing
information must submit their comments on or before May 7, 2012.
Comments received after this date will not be considered.
ADDRESSES: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the
Surgeon General, Room 710-H, 200 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC
20201. Comments may also be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dawn Alley, Ph.D., Office of the
Surgeon General, by telephone (202-205-9491) or email
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Many different factors can contribute to
poor medication adherence, including copayments, difficulty remembering
and managing complex regimens, and poor health literacy. Solutions to
this problem will need to involve both the health-care community and
patients. This request for information is intended to solicit comments
on both barriers to medication adherence and strategies for overcoming
those barriers to improve public health.
Dated: March 29, 2012.
Deputy Surgeon General.
[FR Doc. 2012-8179 Filed 4-4-12; 8:45 am]
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