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Cost said to make many skimp on drugs



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ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct 07, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A survey of older adults shows that 18 percent of those with chronic conditions skip some of their medicine because of high costs and low income.

Further, says the study, published in the October issue of the American Journal of Public Health, some 14 percent do so at least every month.

Based on the study's findings, the authors estimate that every month, this cost-related medication skimping leads millions of Americans with diabetes, asthma and many other ailments to miss some of their doses.

The findings, from a nationally representative survey of 4,055 adults over the age of 50, were gathered by a team from the University of Michigan Health System, the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System and Stanford University.

Not surprisingly, the study finds that older people whose out-of-pocket prescription costs are more than $100 a month and those with low incomes or no prescription drug coverage are at the greatest risk for skimping on their medications.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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