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Deprescribing in older people

Deprescribing is the process of discontinuing drugs that are either potentially harmful or no longer required.

It can be achieved in older people and may be associated with improved health outcomes without long-term adverse effects.

  • Cost: free

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The risk of drug withdrawal effects can often be mitigated by carefully monitoring and gradually tapering the dose.

Deprescribing should ideally be a shared decision-making process between the patient and the prescriber

Michelle Liacos, Amy Theresa Page, Christopher Etherton-Beer Aust Prescr 2020;43:114-20






This CPD activity should take around 1 hour to complete. It can be included in a pharmacist’s CPD plan for either one Group 1 credit or, on successful completion of the assessment activity, two Group 2 credits. Pharmacists should self-record this activity.  

To complete this activity, you should first read the article then complete the quiz.

After you submit the answers to the questions, you will be able to download a certificate of completion as proof of your participation. 

Please note that the assessment may only be attempted twice.