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Pharmacists on the front line of polypharmacy

from By Jason Poquette

More patients are on multiple-drug regimens than ever before, and the numbers are climbing. The concurrent use of at least five medications in older adults increased from 30 percent to 35 percent from 2006 to 2011. During the same time, the use of dietary supplements rose from 52 percent to 64 percent. The numbers corroborate with what pharmacists working on the front lines of patient care are seeing every day, and managing these patients is becoming increasingly difficult. more

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