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Recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds patients are more likely to stop taking their heart medications if they do not recognize it. The odds of someone stopping their heart medications go up by 34 percent after the color changes, and 66 percent if the shapes of the pill changes. It is likely that patients are scared by the mistakes pharmacies have been making. After a cardiovascular emergency patients are more likely to be prescribed several difference classes of drugs. Patients can be overwhelmed with the number of medications and especially if some of them look different than before. How often do you counsel your patients when their medications change in appearance?

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