Saturday 3 December 2016

Prescription errors warning

Published 19/04/2016 | 02:30

One in five people with intellectual disabilities were on 10 or more medicines
One in five people with intellectual disabilities were on 10 or more medicines

People with intellectual disabilities are likely to be taking multiple medicines to treat several ongoing conditions, say Trinity College Dublin researchers.

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One in five were on 10 or more medicines and over 30pc used between five and nine.

While use of multiple medicines used appropriately can play a critical role in maintaining health, there is clear evidence that it is also associated with increased prescribing errors, and a higher prevalence of drug-related adverse effects as more drugs are prescribed.

These latest findings, which have just been published in the journal BMJ Open, are drawn from Wave 1 of IDS-TILDA, a nationally representative longitudinal study of older adults with intellectual disability.

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