Polypharmacy typically is defined as the concurrent use of 5 or more drugs by the same patient. Use of multiple medications is particularly prevalent among the elderly population, leading to complex drug regimens and the risk of further complications. In one study, nearly 46% of all elderly individuals admitted to hospitals in the United States may be taking 7 or more medications.
The major concern for all cases of polypharmacy is the prospect of adverse drug reactions and serious drug interactions. In some instances, it is therapeutically necessary to use multiple agents to treat certain conditions.
The objectives of our Polypharmacy Program are to treat or manage disease states, to prevent complications associated with medications, and to ease or eradicate pain. The achievement of these goals will be obtained through precise and routine drug monitoring. The goal of this program is to ascertain the most suitable drug therapy for each patient that will enhance that patient’s quality of life without compromising the patient’s ability to function and put him or her at risk for adverse reactions.