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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, et al. Family practice. 2019;36:544-551.

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.