Monday, March 30, 2015
Evils of polypharmacy for oldies
When a cancer diagnosis comes into the mix, the possibility of interactions becomes even more complex.
She admits, however, that there is a lot we don't know about inappropriate medication use for seniors with cancer.
Her findings were published in the J of Clin Oncology, Mar 23, 2015.
Sixty percent of cancers occur in people over age 65.
In this study, a multidisciplinary team of oncologist, geriatrician, clinical pharmacist, social worker, and dietitian looked at the pharmacy of 234 seniors.
Forty-three percent were taking more than 10 medications, and 51% were taking inappropriate meds.
They pointed out that even an able-bodied and minded adult could not keep track of 10 meds.
This assessment is now a baseline, the researchers say, for trying to customize medications for older cancer patients.
I am back to my usual admonition--ask your doctor about each med--what does this do and do I really need this?
You would think THEY would stay on top of it, but they don't.