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August 4, 2018 12:28 am  #1

How many pills are too many?

  • About one-third of adverse events in hospitalizations include a drug-related harm, leading to longer hospital stays and greater expense.
  • One-fifth of patients discharged from the hospital have a drug-related complication after returning home, many of which are preventable.
  • Two-thirds of Medicare beneficiaries have two or more chronic conditions, and almost half take five or more medications. Over a year, almost 20% take 10 or more drugs or supplements.
  • At least one in five older patients are on an inappropriate medication -- one that they can do without or that can be switched to a different, safer drug.
  • One study found that 44% of frail, older patients were prescribed at least one drug unnecessarily.
  • A study of over 200,000 older veterans with diabetes found that over half were candidates for dropping a blood pressure or blood sugar control medication.
  • Some studies cite even higher numbers -- 60% of older Americans may be on a drug they don't need.

I rarely rely on the rag called the New York Times for anything at all, including anything they call "news" but this article link was embedded within another article I was reading, so I thought I'd post it here because the message is a good one.  There are many other places you could find this information if, like me, you don't like to read at the NYT.

A government which robs Peter to
pay Paul can always depend on
the support of Paul.
-- George Bernard Shaw

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