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Addressing the Polypharmacy Challenge in Older People

The Polypharmacy Challenge Blog

APOLLO-MM has lift off

We officially launched our research project on May 2nd 2017 with an event held at the Royal College of General Practitioners, a perfect venue given how central general practice and primary care is to our project. Thirty participants including patients, general practitioners, pharmacists, university researchers, and research and policy advisors from the voluntary sector attended.

Deborah, APOLLO-MM’s principal investigator, kicked off the meeting outlining some of the key challenges of polypharmacy, including:

  • the burden it places on patients
  • that most available clinical guidance considers diseases as singular entities rather than as a collection experienced together
  • the expense to the NHS and the environmental damage it causes when medicines are unused and wasted

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