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NMIC Bulletin Vol. 28. No.2. 2022 Optimising prescribing for patients with polypharmacy in primary care

23 May, 2022

  • Potentially inappropriate prescribing (PIP) occurs when the risks of prescribed medications outweigh their potential benefits, leaving the patient at increased risk of adverse drug reactions (ADRs)
  • Risk factors for PIP include polypharmacy, multimorbidity, and older age
  • Certain medications are higher risk for ADRs and require regular monitoring by the prescriber to mitigate their risks of ADRs
  • There is some evidence that structured medication review in primary care can optimise prescribing and improve patient outcomes