A PROSPECTIVE SURVEILLANCE STUDY OF POLYPHARMACY IN GERIATRICS
AUTHORS : Venkateswaramurthy Nallasamy, Divagar Vadivel, Sambath Kumar Ramanathan DOI No. : DOI Link. : Objective: Polypharmacy can be defined as the use of multiple medicines by a single patient and includes inappropriate medicine use. Polypharmacy is more common among the geriatric patients. The aim of the present study is to explore level and pattern of polypharmacy among elderly in tertiary care Hospital, Erode, Tamil Nadu, India.
Methods: This prospective observational study included 450 hospitalized patients of geriatric age group. Polypharmacy was detected by number of drugs prescribed in each geriatric patients, according that observation, more than 5 were prescribed for most patients 396 (88%).
Results: Out of 450 geriatric patients prescriptions 54 (12%) were found to be of minor Polypharmacy and 396 (88%) prescriptions were of major Polypharmacy. Results of the study revealed that polypharmacy is a significant issue.
Conclusion: Results of the study revealed that polypharmacy is a significant issue. Information needs to be delivered to physicians and patients about the risks of polypharmacy. Intervention of any kind by a pharmacist is necessary to reduce the number of drugs prescribed to elderly patients.