Prescription drug misuse causes roughly 10 percent of hospitalizations and 20 percent of nursing home admissions, according to the Ohio Pharmacy Association. The price of that nonadherence: $47 billion annually in hospitalizations alone, according to the National Council on Patient Information and Education.

Dayton Physicians LLC, an independent practice whose services include oncology, hired a pharmacist, Joshua Cox, in part to help head off those “medical misadventures.”

“Many times when I do consults, I find that as I interview the patient, the medication therapy the physician has prescribed is not being used in a way it’s intended,” Cox said.

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