Older Australians, often being cared for by friends or family, typically take more medicines. Two thirds of Australians aged 75 and older, take five or more medicines every day.
Compared to those using fewer medicines, older Australians who take five or more medicines a day are twice as likely to report a side effect or other medicine problem. They are also seven times more likely to be taking medicines that could interact.
The MedicineWise app is an example of how new mobile technologies are enabling smarter, more personalised healthcare, supporting the quality use of medicines for all Australians who take medicines or those who care for someone who does. While some people may not be as digitally savvy or confident using an app as others, they can still benefit from the MedicineWise app through their carer. The app, suited to carers, can help the carer keep track of often complex medicine regimens.
By having available accurate and up-to-date information about the medicines a person is taking, unintended medicine interactions and incorrect dosing may become less likely. The MedicineWise app is one of the ways we are helping Australians to get the most out of their medicines, safely.