The Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) is the representative and professional body for community pharmacists. Our mission is to promote the professional and economic interests of our members. Members of the IPU are committed to delivering a quality, accessible, personal and professional service that puts the patient first and has as its primary goal the optimisation of the health and well-being of society.
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- Created on Monday, 14 April 2014 09:52
- Pharmacists call on Government to introduce Medicines Use Reviews to benefit Elderly patients
14 April 2014: Elderly people who take a number of different medicines can be at risk of falls, fractures and complications from drug interactions, according to pharmacists who today issued some general tips for older people to help them get the most from their medication. The regular use of five or more medicines is very common in older people in Ireland (one in three aged over 65) and becomes more common with advancing years.
Pharmacists also called on the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, to expand the role of the pharmacist to providing patients with Medicines Use Reviews (MURs), a consultation-based service undertaken by a pharmacist to assist patients in getting the greatest benefit from their treatment regime. Such a service is currently provided by pharmacists to patients in the UK under the NHS.
Vice-President of the IPU, Kathy Maher, said, "As people get older, medicines management can become more complex, especially where a patient is taking a number of different medications every day. For many older people, it is a challenge for various reasons to stick accurately to their treatment plan, which can have a negative impact on their health, safety and ultimately their quality of life. It is important that elderly people are supported in taking their medicines correctly."
Pharmacists have issued some simple tips to support older patients in managing their medicines.