Latest Polypharmacy Stories

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.

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.

2010-01-04 16:27:10

An increasing number of U.S. adults are being prescribed combinations of antidepressants and antipsychotic medications.

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).

2009-03-12 12:57:00

Rx Snapshot tracks drugs and helps older Americans talk with their health care professionals about managing their meds WASHINGTON, March 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AARP today released Rx Snapshot, a free, online tool that anyone can use to help older family members, friends or neighbors manage their medications safely and effectively.

2009-02-06 13:58:59

Older people, who are more likely to take prescription medications and suffer from chronic diseases, face increased risks when taking herbal or dietary supplements.

2008-12-24 07:15:00

United States researchers said on Tuesday that older adults in the United States are taking prescription pills, over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements in record numbers, and in combinations that could pose serious health risks.

2008-06-14 03:00:00

By Venkatraman, Ramya Durai, Rajaraman KEYWORDS Electronic prescribing / Error / Medicine administration / Patient safety / Safety Errors in medicine administration often go unnoticed and unreported. This article describes three medicine- related errors and provides recommendations to reduce risk.

2007-07-01 06:18:47

By Ginsberg, David A Phillips, Sidney F; Wallace, Joyce; Josephson, Karen L Constipation is common in the elderly because of age-related physiologic changes and polypharmacy. Secondary constipation is treated by correcting underlying pathology or reducing predisposing factors.

2005-08-02 12:15:00

The practice of prescribing multiple medications to treat mental conditions in children and adolescents has increased over the last decade, results of a medical review suggest.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.