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Over 65s medicine regime 'cause for concern'

29th July 2009

Nearly half of over 65s (43 per cent) are taking five medicines at any one time, according to a new survey.

However, one in five admit that they do not always take them as prescribed, prompting calls from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPSGB) to call for a review of the current system.

A survey by the organisation also found that six in ten of the over 65s polled believe they have a side effect from the medicine.

The RPSGB has urged elderly people to ask their local pharmacist to conduct a Medicine Use Review (MUR), intended to help patients take medicine more effectively.

Society spokesperson Paul Johnson said: 'It's not unusual for older people to get confused with the medicine they are taking, particularly when they are on numerous types of medication.

'As a result, they may also not realise the reactions they may be causing when they are not used properly.'

The research also indicated that one in ten do not fully understand the medicines they are taking.

The first online audit of MURs was launched earlier this month (July 15th), to examine the effectiveness of the service.

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