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Addressing the Polypharmacy Challenge in Older People

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Repeat prescriptions are expensive and time consuming – it's time for an NHS rethink

A recent piece from The Conversation by Rupert Payne, University of Bristol and Céline Miani, University of Bielefeld questions the current system for dispensing repeat prescriptions.

Over a billion NHS prescription medicines are issued by pharmacists in England every year – at a cost of over £9 billion. Many of these are prescribed by GPs to manage long-term health conditions, such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease.

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New publication: the potential of ethnography to understand medical overuse

A new editorial from Deborah on the potential of ethnography to uncover, through observation, the things that health professionals, patients and their social networks do in their everyday lives that contribute to, or challenge, problematic polypharmacy.

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