Journal Article
Study

Non-dispensing pharmacists' actions and solutions of drug therapy problems among elderly polypharmacy patients in primary care.

Hazen ACM, Zwart DLM, Poldervaart JM, de Gier JJ, de Wit NJ, de Bont AA, Bouvy ML. Non-dispensing pharmacists' actions and solutions of drug therapy problems among elderly polypharmacy patients in primary care. Fam Pract. Oct 8, 2019;36(5):544-551.

This cross-sectional study examined how and to what extent non-dispensing pharmacists embedded in a general practice reported solving medication problems through clinical medication reviews in an elderly cohort of patients.  The reviews identified 1,292 drug therapy problems, citing overtreatment most frequently (24%) followed by undertreatment (21%) errors. Integrating non-dispensing pharmacists into general practice may help identify and solve drug therapy problems in the elderly in this setting.