The rise of polypharmacy and ways to prevent it

Polypharmacy — the use by patients of multiple medications prescribed by multiple healthcare providers often unaware of each other — is trending. Google searches for polypharmacy over the past year are up by 35%. The majority of searches were focused on problems associated with taking multiple medications. It happens due to the lack of communication and coordination between physicians, nurses and pharmacists, and it is most common in the 50+ community.