STUDY: IMPROVE PRESCRIPTION DRUG SAFETY FOR SENIORS

Jan 12, 2017

By Bob Komsic

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Canada needs a strategy to address what a new study feels is inappropriate prescribing practices which lead to unsafe use of medications by older Zoomers.
Seniors Drugs
In a just released report, the Institute for Research on Public Policy, points out seniors are the heaviest users of prescription meds.
On average, two-thirds take 5 or more over the course of a year while one-quarter take 10 or more.
Author Nicole Bernier says, ”When it comes to seniors’ health, prescribing practices are too often based on little or no evidence, and as a result they can be inappropriate and even dangerous.  Much more can and should be done to address this serious health issue for our aging population.”
Bernier’s calling for a comprehensive strategy and a more proactive role for Health Canada.
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