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polypharmacyMarch 14 2016

A learning campaign on polypharmacy is underway with pharmacists having been sent a Centre of Pharmacy Postgraduate Education distance learning pack on the matter.

In addition to the learning pack, the CPPE is also creating a social media campaign and has developed learning challenges to help pharmacists from all sectors focus on the topic and apply changes to their practice. CPPE will set a weekly challenge through the six weeks of the campaign, and there will be updates on the polypharmacy dedicated webpage.

“We have chosen to focus on polypharmacy as over the past decade, the average number of items prescribed for each person per year in England has increased significantly. For many patients it may be entirely appropriate to be taking multiple medicines,” said CPPE.

“However, problematic polypharmacy can occur when multiple items are prescribed inappropriately to an individual. Pharmacy professionals are in an ideal position to work with patients and other healthcare professionals to identify, prevent and resolve medicine-related problems.”

In addition to information being posted on Facebook, pharmacists can also follow @cppeengland tweets on Twitter with the hashtag #polypharmacy

Link:

CPPE announcement

CPPE Polypharmacy dedicated webpage

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