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NMIC Bulletin Vol. 28. No.3. 2022 Overview of Deprescribing

1 July, 2022

  • Deprescribing is the process of withdrawing inappropriate medication(s), supervised by a healthcare professional with the goal of managing polypharmacy and improving outcomes
  • There is some evidence that deprescribing is effective in reducing potential inappropriate prescribing and preventing adverse drug reactions (ADRs), as well as reducing morbidity and healthcare resource utilisation as a result of ADRs
  • Deprescribing should be especially considered in older patients in the event of ADRs and with the use of preventative medications in patients with limited life expectancy
  • Examples of deprescribing include the cessation of proton pump inhibitors and benzodiazepines, when considered clinically appropriate