Latest Polypharmacy Stories

2014-02-27 04:20:55

ZURICH, February 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Drug Tracking Simplified Sanovation AG has released the new medical app TrackMyMeds [http://www.sanovation.com/TrackMyMeds ]. With TrackMyMeds patients can scan their meds, set up intake or application alerts to ensure regular drug intake and track the personal medication history. It serves as a medication memory; helping not to forget taking the meds, remembering the name of a drug or recalling the precise dosage when talking...

Doctors Should Check Patients For Frailty To Prevent Deaths
2013-06-05 15:03:51

Saint Louis University Saint Louis University geriatrician leads team of international experts on new research Everyone older than 70 should be checked for frailty, a condition that is both easily treated and potentially deadly, according to an article by representatives from six major international and U.S. medical organizations. "Frailty is extraordinarily common, affecting between 5 and 10 percent of those who are older than 70. Women are more likely to be frail than men," said...

2012-04-30 13:10:47

48-state study lays groundwork for state-level action A few months after the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on the use of psychoactive drugs by children in foster care in five states, a national study from PolicyLab at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia describes prescription patterns over time in 48 states. The updated findings show the percentage of children in foster care taking antipsychotics--a class of psychoactive drugs associated with serious...

2011-03-04 15:21:00

SAN FRANCISCO, March 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Medication non-adherence is as dangerous and costly as many diseases, causing up to 125,000 deaths annually in the U.S. Non-adherence, the failure to take drugs on time in the dosages prescribed, has been described as the world's "other drug problem." (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100630/SF29260LOGO-a) Non-adherence is due to a number of factors including patient demographics, medication expense, polypharmacy, side effects, and...

2010-09-23 12:40:13

The Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) today issued a landmark report from a multi-state study on psychotropic medication oversight in foster care. Led by Laurel K. Leslie, MD, MPH at Tufts CTSI, Christopher Bellonci, MD at Tufts Medical Center and Justeen Hyde, PhD at Cambridge Health Alliance, the study examined state policies and practices in 47 states, including Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia regarding the use of medication for treating behavioral and...

2010-05-18 16:12:00

Medication Therapy Management Believed to be NY-Area's First Hospital-Based Program to Help Cancer Patients Reduce 'Polypharmacy' Mistakes BRONX, N.Y., May 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new program at the Montefiore-Einstein Center for Cancer Care (MECCC) is helping to reduce the negative consequences of "polypharmacy," the use of multiple dissimilar drugs, frequently prescribed by different doctors, by a patient who may have more than one serious health problem. Developed by the...

2010-01-25 07:00:00

WALTHAM, Mass., Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Resources, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms for pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that a fibromyalgia drug that improves sleep quality more than Pfizer's Lyrica would earn a 38 percent patient share in the U.S. and a 30 percent patient share in Europe due to its efficacy, safety and tolerability, and delivery. However, U.S. and European physicians expect to use such a drug primarily as a second- or later-line...

2010-01-04 16:27:10

An increasing number of U.S. adults are being prescribed combinations of antidepressants and antipsychotic medications, according to a report in the January issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. In some clinical situations, evidence suggests that more than one psychotropic (affecting the brain or mind) medication may be beneficial, according to background information in the article. For instance, a patient with depression who does not respond to one...

2009-05-08 09:49:47

The more pills a dialysis patients takes, the worse their health-related quality of life, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology (CJASN). The findings indicate that increasing the number of medications to control patients' disease may interfere with their ability to enjoy normal activities.Kidney disease patients undergoing dialysis must take more pills than most patients with other chronic diseases. While these...

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