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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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Medication errors: Latest figures show most likely in older people and those experiencing comorbidity and polypharmacy

Najia Sultan, Academic Clinical Fellow reflects on a recently published report which has caught the attention of the media.

Latest research released last week has highlighted worrying levels of medication errors made in the NHS every year. The findings have been widely reported in the popular media and were highlighted by the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt at the Global Patient Safety Summit in London last week.
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