The primary assessment of prescribing drugs for the elderly people conducted by pharmacists
Keywords:pharmacists, pharmaceutical care, elderly people, pharmaceutical therapy, expected therapeutical results
In conditions of the fast growing number of older population the problem of pharmaceutical care for this category of people is more often tackled by international bodies. The most important problem in this area is that the impact of drugs on the elderly people has been insufficiently studied and is not properly interpreted. Aging brings increase in the use of drugs together with the growth in frequency of side effects to a medication, drug-drug interactions, interactions between drugs and the disease and other problemsrelated to the drug use. There is no statistical evidence in the Republic of Moldova related to the health state of people above 65, as well as there is no data about their access to healthcare and pharmacy services. In this context, the studies in geriatric pharmacy are of great current interest and practically significant. The study material was prescriptions collected from public pharmacies within 5 months. In the study 1339 prescriptions were analyzed. The data collected were age, gender, dates of drug prescribing and its dispensing, the amount of the drug dispensed to one patient, the active substance and its dose. Based on the data analyzed the current issues associated with drug therapy, dosing, drug-drug interactions, and side effects have been determined; the practical recommendations for pharmacists related to the treatment advice given to this group of patients, including the volume and quality of the information about the medication dispensed, have been proposed.
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