Royal Pharmaceutical Society Calls for Older People to ...

Posted by tvcgroup on Aug. 03, 2009

New Research Reveals How Millions of Brits are Potentially Misusing Medication, Leading to Increased Hospital Admissions and Life Threatening ConditionsThe Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain is urging older people to review the medication they are taking, as new research released today by the Society reveals how millions of over 65s in Britain are taking a cocktail of medicines without fully understanding what they are, or the side effects they may be suffering from.The research shows how nearly half (43%) of over 65s in Britain are currently taking over five medicines at any one time. However, one in five admit to not always taking the medicine as prescribed, and a staggering six out of 10 (61%) over 65s believe they either definitely or possibly have had a side effect from a medicine – yet one in five said that they did not get it checked out. Other findings of the research revealed that almost one in 10 (9%) admit to not fully understanding what their medications do or how they treat ... Di

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