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Combatting the issue of non-adherence

Combatting the issue of non-adherence


~ Pharmacy and healthcare supplier releases advisory whitepaper ~
Last Updated: 30-Nov-2018

Leading pharmacy and healthcare consumables supplier, Valley Northern, has released its latest whitepaper, exploring the increasing issue of patient non-adherence. The whitepaper, which can be downloaded directly from the Valley Northern website, looks at why non-adherence is an issue and how those across the healthcare industry can help to tackle it. Download the whitepaper here: Valley Northern Downloads.

Across the United Kingdom, one billion items are prescribed and dispensed by pharmacists every year. However, one in five patients surveyed as part of a recent industry report admitted to not taking their medication as prescribed. The issue of patient non-adherence is a big issue, particularly when patients try to take their prescription instructions into their own hands.

To help combat patient medication adherence, areas such as increased education, professional support and packaging developments can all have the potential to support patients in administering their medications as prescribed.

“It is reported that 200,000 people die, every year, across the European Union from not taking their medication properly,” Oliver Pittock, managing director at Valley Northern explained. “Whether it is missing a dose, not completing a full prescription or not taking the medication in the manner prescribed, non-adherence is an issue that can have detrimental results.”

“In this whitepaper, we explore some of the products and services that healthcare professionals can implement in order to support patients. From tablet dispenser packs, reminder apps, clearly distinct packaging and disposing of medication should the patient still decide not to adhere to the prescription, there is a wide range of suggestions that could help tackle the non-adherence issue our health service is trying to combat.”

To download the whitepaper, visit the Valley Northern website at, or call the dedicated support team on +44(0)1785 225416 to find out more about the range of products available.

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Valley Northern Limited, Carver Road, Astonfields, Stafford, ST16 3BP
Telephone: +44 (0)1785 250 123



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About Valley Northern: Valley Northern supplies pharmacies and other healthcare establishments with a range of medical dispensers, medical disposables, packaging and other equipment from its headquarters in Staffordshire.