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Minimizing the Risk of Polypharmacy in the Older Adult

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Intended Audience


James W. Cooper, RPh, PhD, BCPS, CGP, FASHP, FASCP, FCP
Emeritus Professor of Pharmacy and Consultant Pharmacist
University of Georgia College of Pharmacy

Allison H. Burfield, R.N. Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing,
Affiliate Gerontology Faculty College of Health and Human Services,
University of North Carolina-Charlotte

CE Hours


Dates Available
11/10/2013 to 11/10/2016



The goal of this course is to recognize polypharmacy, inappropriate medications used in the older adult, drug-related problems, strategies for reducing or replacing inappropriate medications and doses per day, and patient education needs of patients for nurses, pharmacists and all prescribers.


  • 1. Define polypharmacy, co-morbidity and disease prevalence where polypharmacy may be more common
  • 2. Delineate drug-related problems that can occur with polypharmacy
  • 3. Differentiate diseases and conditions where polypharmacy may be more or less rational
  • 4. Discuss polypharmacy intervention strategies for medication assessment via problem-oriented format in ambulatory, long-term and acute care settings
  • 5. Describe patient education strategies that can help patients simplify and adhere to their drug regimen and reduce the likelihood of drug-related problems
  • 6. Identify and present solutions for patients who have morbidity or co-morbidity associated with polypharmacy



Must complete the final exam with a score of at least 70% and submit a course evaluation. The University of Florida College of Pharmacy will report CPE credit to CPE Monitor and CEBroker when applicable. If you would like a paper statement of credit, you may print it from your NABP e-profile.



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