Avoiding medication non-adherence

By Nancy Coveleskie, CHMRx

*Editor’s note: This information was published in the August 2021 issue of Heartfelt Magazine, CHM’s monthly magazine that provides CHM membership-related tips and tricks, medical advice from doctors, testimonies from CHM members, and more. Please refer to the CHM Guidelines and applicable web pages for the most up-to-date information regarding CHM membership, sharing eligibility, and ministry news.*

Medication non-adherence is when someone incorrectly takes medicine, doesn’t refill a prescription, splits pills or simply doesn’t take their medication. This causes unnecessary hospitalizations, worsening of symptoms, and an estimated 125,000 deaths per year.

Why individuals might not take their medication:
  • They don’t fully understand its purpose or think it’s unnecessary.
  • They don’t have any initial physical symptoms.
  • It’s difficult adapting to taking medications daily.
  • They think lifestyle changes eliminate the need.


How you can prevent medication non-adherence:
  • Take your medication as prescribed. Your doctor prescribed it for a reason. Before making changes, talk to your doctor.
  • Educate yourself. Learn about your diagnosis and medications. Discuss with your doctor any concerns about side effects.
  • Organize your day. Medication dispensers, timers on your cell phone, and creating a daily routine will help you remember medication times.
  • Learn about helpful lifestyle changes. Talk with your doctor to see if there are any daily routine changes you can make to reduce side effects or the need for certain prescriptions.
  • Learn how to be a better prescription consumer. If you’ve been prescribed an expensive medication, ask your doctor what alternatives exist. You can also use your CHMRx card to see if there are discounts.
  • Use mail order for budget-friendly convenience. You’ll never have to worry about forgetting your refill or traveling in poor weather conditions. Even better, your CHMRx card makes mail order a breeze!
  • Look to CHMRx for help. Call CHMRx at 877-403-8233, or visit chmrx.com to find prescription prices in your area or for assistance when interacting with your pharmacy.


Test as directed by your doctor. If your doctor has prescribed testing for blood insulin levels, please follow these instructions. Failure to do so may result in further complications from diabetes. For more information, visit rx101.org/diabetes-program/.

Editor’s note: The CHMRx prescription savings card is administered by a third party, not CHM. CHM staff members cannot assist you with CHMRx-related questions. However, the CHMRx staff is available by phone at 877-403-8233 or through the contact form at chmrx.com.

Editor’s note: CHM doesn’t share routine medication expenses. Learn more at chministries.org/prescriptions.

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