New Nationwide Study Indicates Patients Are Often Prescribed Potentially Futile Drugs in Their Final [Months]

May 16, 2017

(Medical Xpress) – The simultaneous use of multiple medications has become commonplace among older adults. In high-income countries, it has previously been estimated that 25% to 40% of people aged 65 years or older are prescribed at least five medications. This practice is known as “polypharmacy,” and can lead to drug-drug interactions and serious adverse effects. In the context of end-of-life care, polypharmacy also raises important ethical questions about the potential futility of treatments close to death.

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