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Latest Polypharmacy Stories

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. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070209/NYF043LOGO) The need is clear: 65 percent of Americans over 65 are using one or more...

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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, said an expert at Baylor College of Medicine and colleagues in a report that appears in the Annals of Long Term Care. "Older people tend to take multiple medications," said Dr. Donald M. Marcus, professor emeritus of medicine-immunology, allergy and rheumatology at BCM.  "This could make them more vulnerable to drug...

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2008-12-24 07:15:00

U.S. 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.Over half of U.S. adults aged 57 to 85 are using five or more prescription or non-prescription drugs, and one in 25 are taking them in combinations that could cause dangerous drug interactions, researchers said.Dr. Stacy Tessler Lindau of the University of Chicago...

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. All medicine-related errors should be reported locally and to the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) so that they can be collated and trends identified. Electronic prescribing and...

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. Primary constipation is amenable to dietary adjustments, education and behavioral training, and laxatives when necessary. Constipation encompasses many defecatory disorders and means different things to health care...

2005-08-02 12:15:00

NEW YORK -- 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. However, research into this "polypharmacy" treatment strategy has failed to keep pace with practice, leaving open the potential for serious side effects. "Drug augmentation therapy is common clinical practice among adults," study co-author Dr. Joseph V. Penn said in an interview with Reuters Health, and...

2005-08-01 16:18:35

Providence, RI - Pediatric polypharmacy, the practice of prescribing two or more medications for psychiatric symptoms in children, is on the rise in the United States, raising concern about unknown side effects, according to a new study appearing in the August issue of the journal Psychiatry 2005. "This is a critical issue - it's not uncommon to find a child on an anti-depressant, a mood stabilizer, and a sleep agent all at the same time, but there's no research to see how these drugs...