A new study has found that many heart attack patients forget to take life-saving drugs. The study of 472 patients found that 29% of patients were not regular in taking their anti-clotting drugs.
The research was conducted at a GP practice in North East England. It found that women were more likely than men to be taking their drugs on time and that older patients were also regular in taking drugs.
"Simply prescribing a drug is not enough. Doctors and other members of the primary care team, such as pharmacists, need to work with patients so they understand the importance of taking their medicines in the right dose, at the right time," said pharmacist Wasim Baqir, from The Village Green Surgery, Sunderland.
The details of the research were presented at the British Pharmaceutical Conference.