Mature Market Experts Stat of The Day: Polypharmacy

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Polypharmacy is most common among the mature market over age 65, about one-fifth of whom take at least 10 medications a week. Because the body absorbs, metabolizes, and rids itself of drugs more slowly with age, a dose considered safe for a middle-age woman can be toxic to her parent. In fact, the Institute of Medicine estimates that at least 1.5 million adverse drug events occur in the United States every year, thousands of them fatal. Studies indicate that about one-third of these drug reactions among senior citizens — and 42 percent of serious, life-threatening, or fatal events — are preventable.

Source: MSNBC

REQUIRED READING: Tom Peter’s PowerPoint on Health Care

(While I don’t agree with everything Tom says, there is some pretty powerful information here . . . I’d be interested in your thoughts)

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