March 28, 2018: Deprescribing: Managing Medications to Reduce Polypharmacy
The World Health Organization
has highlighted polypharmacy as one of the key focus areas of its Third Global Patient Safety Challenge, Medication Without Harm. Polypharmacy
is not solely about the number of medications used, but also about the effectiveness, utility, and potential harm of each medication, both individually or in combination. Deprescribing
is a method to address polypharmacy. This bulletin shares a story of deprescribing, from the clinical considerations identified by the practitioner to the life-changing outcome, as described by the individual involved. Read more ...