Tag Archives: Harms of Too Much Medicine

Potential Harms From Polypharmacy in the Elderly (BBC News / Age UK / EJCP / Bazian / Lancet Psychiatry)

Summary An Age UK report investigates the potential harms of over-prescribing medicines for older people. Older persons often remain on too many prescribed medicines, putting them at risk of side-effects, potentially resulting in falls and other forms of serious harm. … Continue reading

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Dementia Medication De-Listed in France: Untruth, Half-Truth or Paternalistic News Blackout? (BBC News / Prescrire / ADI / Inside Health / JAMA Network Open)

Summary Early evening headlines yesterday, on BBC Radio 4 news, announced the “shocking” news that drugs for Alzheimer’s Disease / dementia had been de-listed in France. This story has not been followed-up, and appears to have been dropped quietly; although … Continue reading

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Difficult Reflections on Certain Aspects of the NHS: Be Prepared to Look-Away Now (BBC News)

Summary You don’t want to know: Full Text Link Reference Gosport hospital deaths: prescribed painkillers ‘shortened 456 lives’. London: BBC Health News, June 20th 2018. You don’t want to know: Full Text Link Reference Triggle, N. (2018). Shipman, Bristol, Stafford, … Continue reading

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NHS England’s Pharmacy Integration Fund (NHS England / BBC News)

Summary Care home residents often have multiple long-term conditions and are often prescribed several different medicines (polypharmacy). NHS England plans to fund recruitment of 180 pharmacists and 60 pharmacy technicians who will work with care homes to try to reduce … Continue reading

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Questioning the Disproportionate Flood of Publications Praising the Benefits of Early Detection: Too Much of a Good Thing? (BMJ)

Summary A brief Norwegian review has highlighted an unbalanced surge in publications about the benefits of the earlier detection of diseases (which are typically taken unquestioningly as a “given”). The authors allege that articles discussing the benefits of early detection … Continue reading

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Choosing Wisely: A New Review of Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment (BBC News / Academy of Medical Royal Colleges / BMJ)

Summary Continuing the debate concerning avoidable overuse in medical care, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has drawn-up a list of forty treatments which are thought to confer little or no benefit to patients. Full Text Link Reference Doctors name … Continue reading

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Update on Overuse: Further Information on the Potential Costs and Risks of Over-Diagnosis and Over-Treatment (JAMA Internal Medicine)

Summary An updated systematic review indicates a growing awareness and debate concerning overuse of medical care. The literature on a broadly Too Much Medicine and / or a Less is More theme has grown rapidly, whereby reviewers found 821 relevant … Continue reading

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