[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 66 (Thursday, April 5, 2012)]
[Page 20637]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-8179]



Request for Information on Prescription Medication Adherence

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the 
Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the 
Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service.

ACTION: Request for information.


SUMMARY: The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health is seeking 
information about causes, impact and potential solutions associated 
with the public health problem of prescription medication non-adherence 
in adults with chronic conditions. The purpose of this notice is to 
provide individuals and organizations with the opportunity to identify 
issues relevant to all levels of government, as well as individuals, 
health care providers, and industry and private organizations in 
efforts to improve medication adherence in adults with chronic 
conditions. Comments that provide input on and evidence from 
interventions that improve adherence are particularly encouraged.
    Comments must be in writing and should not exceed 500 words. All 
comments will receive careful consideration. However, persons and 
organizations submitting comments will not receive individual 

DATES: Individuals and organizations interested in providing 
information must submit their comments on or before May 7, 2012. 
Comments received after this date will not be considered.

ADDRESSES: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the 
Surgeon General, Room 710-H, 200 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 
20201. Comments may also be sent via email to [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dawn Alley, Ph.D., Office of the 
Surgeon General, by telephone (202-205-9491) or email 
([email protected]).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Many different factors can contribute to 
poor medication adherence, including copayments, difficulty remembering 
and managing complex regimens, and poor health literacy. Solutions to 
this problem will need to involve both the health-care community and 
patients. This request for information is intended to solicit comments 
on both barriers to medication adherence and strategies for overcoming 
those barriers to improve public health.

    Dated: March 29, 2012.
Boris Lushniak,
Deputy Surgeon General.
[FR Doc. 2012-8179 Filed 4-4-12; 8:45 am]