13 pct of adults skipping medications

April 9, 2013 10:17:22 AM PDT
More adults are skipping medications to save money.

People younger than 65 are twice as likely to do so.

A study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that about 13 percent of Americans younger than 65 did not take their medications as prescribed. Six percent of the older group skipped medications.

Studies have shown that failure to take medications as prescribed can lead to poorer health or emergency-room visits and costs Americans as much as $290 billion a year.