Listen for Seniors Complaining About Costs, Side Effects, or Number of Meds
You'll see more focus on "backing off" of chronic meds in some elderly patients...to reduce side effects and med-related problems.
We're telling pharmacists and prescribers to consider a "less is more" approach to med use in some older patients...and to individualize therapy based on life expectancy, health status, patient preferences, etc.
Listen for older patients complaining about costs, side effects, or number of meds. This is a good time to involve the pharmacist...and suggest a comprehensive med review to re-evaluate the patient's med list.