As drug prices rise, the number of patients abandoning their prescription medications is increasing. One reason for prescription abandonment stems from the reluctance health providers and patients have in addressing the elephant in the room: financial affordability concerns. Clinicians are beginning to account for the profound impact financial constraints have on treatments and how these should be handled as viable medical concerns. Talking to your provider can lead to lower cost alternatives, like comparable, less expensive generic drugs, if available. If there are no alternatives, you can inquire about Patient Assistance Programs (PAP) to get drugs discounted by pharmaceutical companies. To learn more about the ways you can be more proactive, read here.