TaperMD Screens

The following provides links to more information on the over 30k medication screens that TaperMD runs against the individual patient’s drug list.

  1. Anticholinergic burden*
  2. Black box warning*
  3. Beta Blockers (included in PIMs)
  4. Costs of adverse drug events
  5. Costs of Falls in seniors
  6. Description and indications**
  7. Deprescribing Guidelines and Algorithms
  8. Hypotension (HoTN) risk*
  9. Interactions*
  10. Medication guides**
  11. MedlinePlus Consumer Information (U.S. NLM)**
  12. Potentially inappropriate medicines (PIMs)*
  13. Prescrire drugs to avoid*
  14. QT Interval*
  15. Serotonin syndrome*
  16. Statins
  17. Product data sheets*

* Screen in TaperMD professional plan view.
** Screen in TaperMD patient plan view.

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. Medstopper
  6. Number needed to treat
  7. Database of treatment effects supporting the NICE guideline on multimorbidity (spreadsheet) (NG56)
  8. Open Pharmacy Research Collaboration
  9. Medscape Drug Interaction Checker
  10. Better Health While Aging

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. Polypharmacy and Prescribing Quality in Older People (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society)
  5. New guidelines published for managing high blood pressure (Harvard Health Publications)
  6. Medicare Drug Program Fails to Monitor Prescribers, Putting Seniors and Disabled at Risk (Pro Publica)
  7. Prescriber Checkup US (Pro Publica)
  8. Vitamin D For the Preventing Fractures (Older Adults in the Community)
  9. Oral Implications of Polypharmacy in the Elderly
  10. Moore & Donald R. Mattison Adult Use of Psych Drugs
  11. National Patient Safety Foundation
  12. National Council on Patient Information and Education

Newspaper articles

  1. Some Older Patients Are Treated Not Wisely, but Too Much (New York Times)
  2. Seniors are given so many drugs, it’s madness (Globe & Mail)
  3. Cocktail of Popular Drugs May Cloud Brain (New York Times)
  4. Four Drugs Cause Most Hospitalizations in Older Adults (New York Times)
  5. Can This Treatment Help Me? There’s a Statistic for That (New York Times)
  6. Adults and Older Adult Adverse Drug Events (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  7. The Perils Of Polypharmacy (Huffington Post)
  8. ‘America’s other drug problem’: Giving the elderly too many prescriptions (Washington Post)
  9. How Many Pills Are Too Many? (New York Times)
  10. The Dangers of ‘Polypharmacy,’ the Ever-Mounting Pile of Pills (New York Times)
  11. 5 questions to ask your aging parents’ doctors (
  12. Health Care in Canada, 2011—A Focus on Seniors and Aging


  1. How Good Medicine Can Be Bad for Your Health (and How to Avoid It) (Dr. Dee Mangin lecture on YouTube)
  2. A troubling pharmaceutical cocktail | Dee Mangin #WalrusTalks
    (Dr. Dee Mangin lecture on YouTube)
  3. NAPCRG Annual Meeting 2017 – Plenary Session III: Dee Mangin, MBChB, DPH, FRNZCGP