Ridiculous Study of the Week: Medications Work When Taken


It turns out that blood pressure meds don’t work if they aren’t taken.  In a recent study, only 20 percent of patients seeking care for stubborn high blood pressure take all the medicine they’re supposed to and another 20 percent are not taking any of their blood pressure medications.  Many of these patients are seeing specialists for “resistant hypertension” which I guess means they are resistant to do anything about that.  So, in summary, medicines have a better chance of working if they are taken.  Who knew?

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  2 comments for “Ridiculous Study of the Week: Medications Work When Taken

  1. Kurt
    March 22, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    People will continue to keep doing what they are doing because it is politically “unpopular” to
    hold people accountable for their lousy health behaviors. Perfectly O.K. to slam primary care
    doctors and hospitals. Were expected to be nursemaids, guardian angels, secretaries and
    health policemen.

  2. HJR
    March 12, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Who are these MPH idiots who are doing studies like these? Don’t they have anything better to do? Who is supporting them through this?

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