The elderly often take too many different medications
The number of prescribed medications increases substantially when patients have multiple conditions and illnesses. Polypharmacy is a well-known risk factor especially when it comes to problems related to the medication of the elderly. Long drug lists always require specialised medication reviews, which should also be revisited whenever medication or health conditions change. However, the resources for conducting reviews are often insufficient.
Medical services in elderly homes, assisted living units and other long-term care units are limited and the available time of service providers is often spent on other issues that are perceived more urgent than medication reviews. Thus, medication can include obsolete, unnecessary or even detrimental drugs, causing superfluous costs and needless suffering to the patient.