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August 2019

September 3, 2019

The Telegraph reports that the charity Age UK has called for a review of overprescribing, after its More Harm than Good report estimated that nearly two million people over the age of 65 are taking at least seven prescription drugs, putting them at risk of falls and other side-effects with serious implications. Studies have shown that the risk of falling rises by 14 per cent for every drug older people take after the first four. Keith Ridge, the chief pharmaceutical officer for NHS England, said: “The NHS is investing in thousands of new clinical pharmacists to … carry out medication reviews with the most vulnerable patients.” The Department for Health said that it was committed to “cutting down unnecessary prescriptions”.

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