Polypharmacy project improves patient care

A cross-border project called iSIMPATYHY has led to improved patient safety by reducing adverse drug reactions. The project, which involved health services in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland, trained additional healthcare professionals in polypharmacy and medicines reviews. The project resulted in over 2,500 comprehensive medicines reviews by pharmacists in GP practices in border counties. As a result, patients saw significant improvements in their understanding of their medicines, increased ability to engage in daily activities, and reduced side effects. The project also saved the country more than €1.2 million due to fewer adverse drug reactions and hospital admissions. The World Health Organisation has recognized polypharmacy as a priority area for patient safety.

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