Journal Article

Reducing inappropriate polypharmacy: the process of deprescribing.

Scott IA; Hilmer SN; Reeve E; Potter K; Le Couter D; Rigby D; Gnjidic D; Del Mar CB; Roughead EE; Page A; Jansen J; Martin JH.

Polypharmacy in older patients is a predictor of medication errors. However, deprescribing—stopping or reducing medicines in a patient's drug regimen—can introduce opportunities for harm if not done appropriately. This commentary presents a protocol to enhance the safety of deprescribing by considering the medication therapy needs of each individual patient.