Patient 's Drug History For Disease Control And Prevention

2536 WordsSep 21, 201411 Pages
“Polypharmacy is a term that refers to a high number of prescribed medications; usually five and above, or the use of more medications than clinically justified” (Chiang-Hanisko, 2014). According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention between 2007 and 2010 nearly 25% of the elderly population were prescribed 5 or more medications. Due to the longer life expectancy, the aging population is more vulnerable to polypharmacy because they often have several comorbidities. The issue lies when several providers prescribe multiple medications and are not knowledgeable about the patient’s drug history. Polypharmacy is dangerous and usually results in numerous adverse drug reactions, noncompliance, and an increase in injuries resulting in hospitalization or mortality. Health providers need to become aware of the multiple medications that their client are receiving in order to reduce the use of unnecessary medications, and provide quality care. Polypharmacy in the elderly is a concern identified through research in the US and in other parts of the world. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2010) reported that when assess the percentage of American using multiple prescription drugs in a month in 2007-2008, older adults, age sixty and over, were the highest with 76% using two or more prescribed drugs and 37% using five or more. In other words, prescription drug used seems to increase with age. In 2013, the CDC reported that between the years of 2007-2010, 50% of the
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