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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 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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