From January 2019, Alexandra Hospital (AH) rolled out an initiative where hospital pharmacists make house-visits to help elderly patients facing polypharmacy and issues with medication adherence.Media ArticlesNUH in the NewsNUHS in the NewsJurongHealth Campus In The NewsAC in the News
AH Pharmacist, Joshua Low shared that the combination of polypharmacy, a lack of understanding and poor memory may cause elderly patients to be confused with their medication dosage and timing which is alarming. A scenario he gave was an elderly mistaking high blood pressure medication for painkillers, which could result in low blood pressure and subsequently a fall.
Studies have shown that 14.5% of the patients who face the issue of polypharmacy are 66 years and older.
Chang Wei Terk, Principal Clinical Pharmacist, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH), shared that for patients who see multiple doctors and are on a variety of medications, it can be challenging to trace the history and side effects of medications that were previously prescribed. This may constitute to the issue of polypharmacy in patients.
Apart from AH and NTFGH, the National University Hospital also has similar initiatives to help their patients cope with Polypharmacy.