Retirees less likely to stick to meds

A Finnish study of almost 4000 public sector workers – 3468 with hypertension and 412 with type 2 diabetes – were assessed by UK researchers for medication adherence for three years before their retirement and four years afterwards.

Poor adherence was defined as less than 40% of days covered by treatment. Before retirement, 6% of men and women with hypertension, 2% of men with diabetes and 4% of women with diabetes had poor adherence.

Among men, retirement was associated with a 32% increased risk of poor adherence to antihypertensives and more