Clinical Drug Information

Polypharmacy Pitfalls

How Can Medication Management Help Your Members and Your Bottom Line?

Growing numbers of patients in the U.S. – particularly the elderly – are taking multiple daily medications, sometimes five or more. This puts them at increasing risk of adverse drug events, ill effects from medication nonadherence, and cognitive impairment.

Payers are standing on the front lines of this issue with their members, facing down the prescription fees, the costs of hospitalizations and other potentially unnecessary expenses caused by the adverse effects of polypharmacy. One report finds polypharmacy at fault for 27% of all hospital admissions.

Learn more about the issue of polypharmacy and how payers can help address it in our white paper, Polypharmacy: Managing Multiple Medications to Help Reduce Costs and Improve Patient Safety, including:

  • Differing definitions of polypharmacy and the “Holy Trinity” interaction of CNS-affecting drugs
  • Consequences for patients
  • How payers use guidelines and regulations to tackle the issue
  • How technology helps plans track member risk

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