Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The prescribeing of too many medicines, especially in one prescription.
- n. medicine The use of multiple drugs in a single prescription
- n. medicine The use of multiple drugs to treat multiple concurrent disorders in the same patient; especially the indiscriminate prescription of many drugs to elderly patients
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act or practice of prescribing too many medicines.
- n. A prescription made up of many medicines or ingredients.
“Even though the serious problems with polypharmacy are known and expected, polypharmacy is growing in mental health care, not decreasing.”
“This is called polypharmacy, which is the administration of excessive medications, and Holland said it's one of the leading causes of drug overdoses in the country.”
“In fact, many of the new blockbuster diseases from adult ADHD and RA to fibromyalgia are treated with new drugs piled on top of existing ones that aren't working, a Pharma contrivance called polypharmacy.”
“Not everyone agreed about multidrug combinations commonly called polypharmacy either.”
“Army officials nationwide are re-examining so-called polypharmacy - the practice of prescribing multiple prescription drugs to soldiers”
“However, increasing research is finding that "polypharmacy" (the use of multiple drugs concurrently) may lead to worse, not better, results.”
“Moreover, all of these deaths were a result of polypharmacy, meaning that buprenorphine was mixed with other drugs, so it's far from clear whether the buprenorphine itself was responsible.”
“The department's Chief Director for regulations and procurement, Bada Pharasi, said the EDL would help do away with irrational prescribing, and avoid "polypharmacy", where numbers of drugs were prescribed for a particular illness.”
“This practice of "polypharmacy" is increasing substantially, and Big Pharma is pushing it hard and benefiting from it in a big big way.”
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