Policy on the Polypharmacy


Policyon the Polypharmacy

TheUse ofWeb Technology to resolve Polypharmacy


Polypharmacy is a prevalent problem essentially among the elderly(Milstead, 2013). Studies indicate that various negative effectsarise due to this phenomena. Polypharmacy instigates an increase inhealthcare costs, cognitive impairments, none adherence tomedication, nutritional problems, urinary incontinence and druginteractions (Maher, et al, 2014). The increased use of multipledrugs requires an intervention that will alleviate the problem inorder to reduce the negative health outcomes.


Theinitiatives will require the development of patient portals thatpharmacists can use in order to undertake effective monitoring ofmedication. The use of web technologies will ascertain aninterdisciplinary coordinationbetween pharmacy, the clinical teamand the patient.

Resolvingpolypharmacy through technology will require the adoption of thefollowing measures

  • Constant review of medication for individuals taking medications more than five.

  • Extensive implementation of a systems that is easily available for all prescribers in order to facilitate comparison for every patient


The policy initiative is to be implemented in all parts of thecountry based on the fact that the problem is a national dilemma.



  • The phase will involve developing web portals that will be used to access the medication that the patient is taking


  • The web portals created are to store every patients information

  • Training should be conducted to ensure that the pharmacists can manage the system


  • The program is to be renewed quarterly


Theaccomplishments of the policy will be examined using the followingindicators

  • An increase in the number of reviews made

  • Implementation of the portal in most health centers and pharmacies

  • A reduction in the negative effects of polypharmacy

Patient portal have been adopted in the United Kingdom in order todeal with polypharmacy.The approach has been useful in empowering family caregivers,pharmacists and patients concerning how to effectively managemedication (The Kings fund, 2014). The strategy can therefore beuseful if effectively implemented.


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TheKings fund . (2014). polypharmacy and medicine optimization.http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/sites/files/kf/field/field_publication_file/polypharmacy-and-medicines-optimisation-kingsfund-nov13.pdf