Managing Polypharmacy to Reduce Adverse Events

Managing Polypharmacy to Reduce Adverse Events

The use of multiple drugs, often termed polypharmacy, is commonly defined as using from five to 10 prescription drugs. This polypharmacy is sometimes necessary but may be associated with an increased risk of adverse outcomes.2 The US Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimated the annual costs of polypharmacy at over 50 billion dollars in America.

Modern Medicine – May/June 2018