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AstraZeneca, University of Miami, and Humana collaborate to improve consumer health

AstraZeneca, the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and Humana Innovation Enterprises, Inc. announced today the creation of a multi-year research collaboration to improve consumer health by addressing the growing nationwide problem of patients not taking their prescribed medication or getting the treatment they need for chronic health problems.

The problem of medication non-adherence adds an estimated $100 billion to healthcare spending in the United States every year, according to a study from The New England Journal of Medicine. Research shows that 43 percent of adults, 54 percent of children and teenagers and 55 percent of seniors do not take their medication as prescribed by their physicians.

The research for this collaboration will be conducted through the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Humana Health Services Research Center on the school's Miami campus. "We are pleased to be part of this important research project that I believe will make a positive difference in American's health outcomes," said Lawrence Gardner, M.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Miller School of Medicine. "I'm looking forward to the results of this research collaboration and the innovative actions we can take to make that happen."

Key preliminary areas of focus for this research collaboration may include: how to predict which patients with multiple chronic conditions have the most difficulty adhering to complex medication schedules; how physician-initiated care management might help with this problem; and how technology might be used in offering patients needed support.

AstraZeneca, Humana and the UM Miller School of Medicine each have been pursuing opportunities to develop research to identify and implement methods to improve the care of patients with multiple chronic conditions. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, in 2002 chronic disease was responsible
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