More harm than good: why more isn't always better with older people's medicines

Source:
Age UK
Publisher:
Age UK
Publication date:
01 August 2019

Abstract

Age UK launches a new report today that says too many older people in our society are on too many prescribed medicines, putting them at risk of side effects that in a worrying number of cases can lead to falls and a range of other serious harms.

The report, ‘More Harm than Good’, provides evidence showing that prescribing more drugs isn’t always the best option, particularly when it comes to older people. It also demonstrates that at the moment medicines are sometimes being prescribed:

  • in excessive numbers
  • in unsafe combinations
  • without the consent or involvement of the older people concerned
  • and without the support and help older people need to take them.