[Dr. Neil S. Wenger, the senior author on the study], said, “You prescribe a cholesterol-lowering medicine, a medicine that has to be taken for a lifetime, and the person never refills the first prescription. And we wonder why. Now it‘s clear why: we never told them that they were supposed to keep taking it.”
From recent personal experience, I have to say my physician follows the line on this one, not mentioning the name, duration, side effects, or dosage of a drug she prescribed for me. Thank goodness for my pharmacist and the Internet, where I was able to find what I needed to know (from reputable sources—I made sure of that), in a whole lot less time than it took to get said doc to return my call. The really sad thing is that I knew more than she did about it when she did return my call eventually.