Annabelle Heddleson, 74, stays alert when it comes to taking her medications.
"I always am careful," the Newark resident said. "I learned way back it pays to be careful, take your time and know what you're doing. I'm also not bashful about asking questions."
Heddleson said she is not shy when it comes to asking her doctor or pharmacist about why she has to take which pills and when.
"I have seven prescriptions," she said. "I know some my age who take 17!"
With so many medications to take, it is often difficult for the elderly to comply with their prescription orders.
But a study by Ohio State University on the packaging of prescriptions could have a profound impact on improving elderly compliance in taking medicines properly and reducing health care costs by the millions.
The study will begin Jan. 7, and patients will be enrolled for 12 months, said Philip Schneider, a clinical professor at OSU's School of Pharmacy.
The timing for the study is critical since the federal government is considering a prescription drug benefit that would reduce out-of-pocket drug expenses for the elderly. …