Tag Archives: STOPP and START Criteria

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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Potentially Inappropriate Prescribing for Older Persons: Revisited (APPG on Dementia / Newsmax / European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology)

Summary The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia (APPG), back in 2008, asserted that perhaps half of dementia patients may be receiving inappropriate medications. While the extent to which this position may have changed in recent years is debatable, the allegation … Continue reading

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Reducing Under-Usage of Medications (British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology)

Summary A meta-analysis investigating the impact of pharmaceutical care interventions for medication underuse in older people has shown that such interventions, including medication reviews, can reduce medication under-use in older people. Full Text Link Reference Meid, AD. Lampert, A. [and] … Continue reading

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Reducing Waste in the NHS; Improving Value, Lowering Costs and Achieving Sustainability? (Centre for Sustainable Healthcare / Academy of Medical Royal Colleges / BJS / NHS England / RCP)

Summary A report from the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare and Academy of Medical Royal Colleges comments on widespread overuse of tests and interventions. A range of options are presented for cutting waste. “Reducing waste in today’s climate of constrained resource … Continue reading

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NICE Guideline SC1: Managing Medicines in Care Homes (NICE)

Summary The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published the guideline “Managing medicines in care homes (SC1)”, which provides recommendations for good practice on the systems and processes for managing medicines in care homes. This guideline applies … Continue reading

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Polypharmacy in the Elderly: Use of the STOPP and START Criteria

Summary Many drugs which can be prescribed safely and effectively for younger patients are potentially inappropriate for the elderly.  A screening tool has been developed in Ireland. Reference Vermeulen Windsant-van den Tweel, AM. Verduijn, MM. [and] Derijks, HJ. [et al] … Continue reading

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