Medication Adherence: Starts With The Right Therapeutic Regimen

TweetActualMeds CEO Patricia Meisner discusses how reducing complexity and risk of medication regimens in older adults is a fundamentally different approach to improving adherence. In order to do this care teams must be aware of a patient’s medication history to guide therapy and interventions at the point of care.  Listen to the entire podcast at: read more

Reducing Antipsychotic Medications for Patients with Dementia: Are Ambulatory Patients Being Left Behind?

TweetMarch 9, 2015. The literature is replete with warnings of medication related problems, adverse drug events, and all-cause mortality related to use of antipsychotic medications for patients with dementia.1  As a large portion of the nursing home population have a dementia diagnosis and have historically had a high prevalence of antipsychotic medication use, the US […] read more

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Benzodiazepines and the Older Adult: What Part of “NO” Do We Not Understand?

TweetFebruary 19, 2015 As a brand new Consultant Pharmacist many years ago, I welcomed the newly-published CMS regulations for nursing home practice that began to restrict the usage of harmful medications for frail elderly nursing home patients. The medication classes most keenly focused on were anticholinergics, anti-psychotics, and benzodiazepines. While the use of these medications […] read more

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Taking a Closer Look at Benzodiazepine Use and Risk of Alzheimer’s disease in Older Adults

Tweet September 14, 2014 A Study published on-line  September 9th in the British Medical Journal is getting a lot of response from healthcare blogs, print media, and other sources such as Medscape.  The Canadian case-controlled study set out to investigate the relationship between the risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in older adults and exposure to benzodiazepines (BZNs) […] read more

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