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Poor medication adherence in clinical trials: consequences and solutions


Poor adherence to medicines in clinical trials can undermine the value of the trials; for example, by compromising estimates of the benefits and risks of a medicine. In this article, we highlight such consequences and also discuss approaches to tackle this problem.

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Breckenridge, A., Aronson, J., Blaschke, T. et al. Poor medication adherence in clinical trials: consequences and solutions. Nat Rev Drug Discov 16, 149–150 (2017).

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