Elderly patients may face a variety of health events that bring them under the care of different doctors and specialists who may not always have access to a patient’s complete medical history or prescription drug regimens.
That’s why Chen Senior Medical Center in Miami announced on Dec. 15 an expansion of its program to help patients over age 65 avoid troublesome adverse reactions to prescription medication, the nation’s fourth leading cause of death.
Offering free, no-obligation medication review appointments, Chen hopes to identify and prevent hazards before they happen. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Maina Gatonye said the company’s goal of seeing more than 2,000 patients in the next 180 days will help prevent “potential hospitalizations.”
Although drug reactions can affect anyone at any age, seniors are at greater risk.
“As people age, the ability to take medications without side effects frequently is reduced,” Dr. Cristina Bello-Quintero, ChenMed’s national director of pharmacy, said. “Plus, many older adults take multiple medications prescribed by multiple doctors who frequently do not talk to each other prior to writing prescriptions.”
Seniors can arrange a complimentary medication review with one of ChenMed’s staff physicians by calling 954-880-9213.
“No one can afford to consume a toxic cocktail of medications and health supplements,” Bello-Quintero said. “This is particularly true for seniors who, in just one 20-minute appointment, could learn if they are at risk of an averse drug reaction.”