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Addressing the Polypharmacy Challenge in Older People

The Polypharmacy Challenge Blog


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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Polypharmacy perspectives

Over this week we will be publishing guest blog posts from four different perspectives on polypharmacy from our project launch speakers. We asked them each to speak about why the APOLLO-MM research project and research on polypharmacy is so important.

First up, Roger Jones discusses the relationship between polypharmacy and multi-morbidity and the need for a new therapeutic research paradigm, which embraces complex disease and patient preferences, providing more useful, real-world guidance on chronic disease management.

It was a privilege to be asked to speak at the launch of the APOLLO-MM project – not the space probe, but something just as exciting. Understanding how to live with – and without – polypharmacy is a major health challenge, and this new research initiative looks set to make real progress in this crucial area.

Polypharmacy is, of course, mostly a result of the mushrooming problem of comorbidity. As we get older

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