Guidance to support medicines reviews for older people issued in Northern Ireland
May 23 2016
Pharmacy Forum NI has published guidance to assist pharmacists conducting medicines reviews for older patients.
The guidance has two key sections:
- medicines which may be appropriate to stop or alter in older people; and
- medicines which may be appropriate to start in older people.
It says the medicines in the first category should be reviewed routinely in older people, and includes the circumstances under which the medicine to be stopped or amended. It also explains the reasoning and offers some practical advice on how the medicine change can be made. The second section considers medicines which may be appropriate to commence in older people and the circumstances to do so.
‘A Guide to Support Medicines Review for Older People’ has been developed by the Northern Ireland Network of Pharmacists with a Special Interest in Older People Steering Group. “It has been compiled using a variety of up to date prescribing assessment tools and resources relating to the management of medicines in older people and will be reviewed quarterly by the group,” says the guidance.