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Kevin Wallace, MD, discusses Perilous Polypharmacy Oct. 6th

posted Oct 3, 2009, 12:23 PM by   [ updated Oct 3, 2009, 12:24 PM ]
Please join us for another Interprofessional Education event:

Perilous Polypharmacy

Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Time:  6:00 – 8:00pm
Location:  Hannaford Lecture Hall, College of Pharmacy, Portland Campus

Speaker:  Kevin Wallace, MD

Excessive and potentially unsafe use of multiple medications, commonly referred to in the medical professional community as polypharmacy, is a growing focus of health care system reform in our society.  Use of medications in clinical practice can be most cost-effective when an ongoing team approach is applied that involves prescribing health care providers, pharmacists, patients, and other support groups within the community.   This seminar will outline and characterize the risks and impact of adverse drug events (ADEs) and various tools and strategies that, when applied in a community-based, patient-centered manner, can prevent harmful and costly outcomes of pharmacotherapy.    

Educational Objectives

·  Raise awareness of the risks and impact of polypharmacy and associated ADEs.

·  Increase knowledge and skill regarding cost-effective health care practice tools and
   team strategies directed at ADE prevention.  

·  Stimulate ongoing group discussion and interest in further education and research
   aimed at reducing ADE occurrence and impact.

Note to faculty: If this will be a required or recommended event for your students please RSVP to Cat Metts ( to ensure adequate seating.