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Word Watch: deprescribing (and frailty)

deprescribe picThe success of modern medicine has meant that the longer people live, the more managed conditions they will have.

In some circles, that’s known as “co-morbidities”; in the editorial in this month’s (March 2014) issue of Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin (DTB, a BMJ journal), it’s “multimorbidity.” (Editor’s note: Toe-MAY-toe, toe-MAH-toe.)

The editorial notes that multimorbidity has led to polypharmacy which can result in drug interactions.

One way to prevent drug interactions is to avoid “problematic polypharmacy” and practice “appropriate polypharmacy,” including “medicines optimization” which must include the notion of stopping some medications, or “deprescribing.” Continue reading →

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