Reducing harmful polypharmacy to improve patient outcomes

For many older adults, taking multiple medications is part of daily life. While they are prescribed with a purpose, some of these drugs may be inappropriate, or they have been continued past their effectiveness or to the point that their negative effects outweigh their benefit. 

TAPER is an approach that pulls on the strengths of pharmacists, family doctors, and patients to safely optimize the medications a person is taking based on the patient’s preferences and priorities for their own health.

Dr. Dee Mangin on TAPER and Polypharmacy

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