POLYPHARMACY, by Orly Shakked, Geriatric Consultant Pharmacist
The most cited definition of the term polypharmacy is the taking of five or more medications simultaneously. Polypharmacy is associated with decreased quality of life, and is considered to be a risk factor for morbidity and mortality. One of its better definitions relates to the condition of being on too many medications or more than medically necessary.
Usually, polypharmacy is seen in the elderly; the older a person gets, the more likely they are to develop long term chronic health conditions that will require the use of several prescription medications. Because we recognize the need for an elderly patient to be on so many medications, unnecessary medications often go unnoticed…Read The Full Newsletter