For Further Reading

Screening tools | Resources

  1. RxISK (research and report prescription drug side effects)
  2. START and STOPP criteria
  3. Beers List (American Geriatrics Society(AGS))
  4. Beers Criteria FAQs
  5. Credible Meds
  6. Medstopper
  7. Prescrire in English
  8. Number needed to treat
  9. Drug-Induced Serotonin Syndrome (Medscape)
  10. Database of treatment effects supporting the NICE guideline on multimorbidity (spreadsheet) (NG56)
  11. Open Pharmacy Research Collaboration
  12. Medscape Drug Interaction Checker

Journal articles

  1. Garfinkel D, Mangin D. Addressing polypharmacy: Feasibility study of a systematic approach for discontinuation of multiple medications in older adults. Archives of Internal Medicine 170 (18):1648-54 (October 11) 2010.
  2. Clinical Consequences of Polypharmacy in Elderly (U.S. National Library of Medicine)
  3. Prescriber’s Letter
  4. Antihypertensive Medications and Serious Fall Injuries in a Nationally Representative Sample of Older Adults (JAMA Internal Medicine)
  5. Polypharmacy and Prescribing Quality in Older People (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society)
  6. Common anticholinergic drugs like Benadryl linked to increased dementia risk (Harvard Health Publications)
  7. New guidelines published for managing high blood pressure (Harvard Health Publications)
  8. Medicare Drug Program Fails to Monitor Prescribers, Putting Seniors and Disabled at Risk (Pro Publica)
  9. Prescriber Checkup US (Pro Publica)
  10. Vitamin D For the Preventing Fractures (Older Adults in the Community)
  11. Oral Implications of Polypharmacy in the Elderly
  12. Moore & Donald R. Mattison Adult Use of Psych Drugs
  13. National Patient Safety Foundation
  14. National Council on Patient Information and Education

Newspaper articles

  1. Blood pressure pills ‘raise risk of fatal fall’ (The Telegraph)
  2. Some Older Patients Are Treated Not Wisely, but Too Much (New York Times)
  3. Seniors are given so many drugs, it’s madness (Globe & Mail)
  4. Cocktail of Popular Drugs May Cloud Brain (New York Times)
  5. Four Drugs Cause Most Hospitalizations in Older Adults (New York Times)
  6. Can This Treatment Help Me? There’s a Statistic for That (New York Times)
  7. Adults and Older Adult Adverse Drug Events (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  8. The Perils Of Polypharmacy (Huffington Post)
  9. ‘America’s other drug problem’: Giving the elderly too many prescriptions (Washington Post)
  10. How Many Pill Are Too Many? (New York Times)

Lectures

  1. How Good Medicine Can Be Bad for Your Health (and How to Avoid It) (Dr. Dee Mangin lecture on YouTube)