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Addressing the Polypharmacy Challenge in Older People

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Boots: Pharmacists under pressure?

One of our research participants alerted us to this investigative news documentary recently screened on BBC One as part of its ‘real-life stories and investigations’ TV programme, Inside Out. This programme was timely for us as we’re currently undertaking fieldwork in pharmacies.

The documentary focuses on three tragic cases where patients died after being given medicines prescribed for another patient. It then set out to make a link between dispensing errors and staff shortages. There was a particular focus on Boots’ unwillingness to disclose information about the model it uses to calculate appropriate staffing levels – this being identified as a ‘trade secret’ and summoning up a sense of suspicion.

Medication nation: new research shows nearly half of all older people now taking at least five medicines

A recent piece from The Conversation highlights new research by Ian Maidment and colleagues from Aston University, showing a huge increase in the number of older people prescribed multiple medicines.


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