“Healthcare” has become all about drugs.
Time to make it about care and about people and about living a life worth living.
Here’s a small and welcome change happening in UK.
Where 400, 000 people living in “care homes” take on average seven different types of medications each.
Now, pharmacists are being sent it to check.
“Health chiefs are concerned that vulnerable people are being left for years on a cocktail of such drugs, leaving them heavily sedated or exposed to dangerous side-effects. They fear over-medication is risking lives and fuelling hospital admissions among frail pensioners.”
A pilot scheme resulted in a 44% drop in meds use.
That’ a pretty big drop.
And, therefore, a pretty big overprescription.
Drugs can have a useful role but don’t and can’t ever replace care.