Wrong! If you are like 40% of seniors, you are visiting or using multiple pharmacies for your medication needs. A recent study* done among adults over the age of 65 in Ohio shows that a significant number of seniors are using more than one pharmacy.
Switching between pharmacies interferes with proper communication among healthcare professionals, increases the risk of inappropriate medication use and potential adverse events.
To make matters worse, this study also determined that about one in five seniors were taking duplicate therapy. About the same proportion were also taking contraindicated drug combinations.
This study suggests that a good number of older adults have problematic drug profiles. And it also suggests that a number of older adults are making it difficult for their healthcare professionals to pick up any abnormalities in the therapeutic profiles given that many are visiting different pharmacies. In other words. the pharmacists and physicians looking after such individuals mat not be 'seeing the whole picture' so to speak. Perfect candidates for a medication review, wouldn't you say.