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12/03/2024 13:38:45

CPPE launches Introduction to appropriate polypharmacy e-learning programme

A person taking ten or more medicines is 300 percent more likely to be admitted to hospital, and 8.4 million people in England are regularly prescribed five or more medicines. The more medicines a person takes, the higher chance there is that one or more of these medicines will have an unwanted or harmful effect. In short, polypharmacy can cause serious problems.

That’s why the Chief Medical Officer of the NHS argued for a multidisciplinary approach to polypharmacy in his annual report for 2023. So, when is polypharmacy appropriate, and when it is a problem?

Appropriate polypharmacy recognises that in some cases, people do need multiple medicines to manage their conditions and enjoy better quality of life. This applies in medical conditions like congestive heart failure, HIV infection and diabetes.

In problematic polypharmacy, medicines are prescribed that are not – or are no longer – appropriate. Tackling problematic polypharmacy is everyone’s responsibility, and pharmacy professionals have an important role to play in identifying and reducing it.

With all the above in mind, we’re very happy to announce the launch of the new Introduction to appropriate polypharmacy e-learning programme. Intended for pharmacy professionals in all areas of practice, this programme is designed to help increase your confidence in identifying and tackling problematic polypharmacy.

The programme will help you to support people in getting the most out of their multiple medicines by applying a person-centred approach to understanding the impact of polypharmacy. You’ll also learn how to apply appropriate tools and resources to work in partnership with people to manage their multiple medicines.

For more information, including how to register, go to:


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