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For patients with diabetes, consider ‘deprescribing’ to improve outcomes

17:30 EDT 7 Aug 2017 | Healio

INDIANAPOLIS — A provider considering prescribing or recommending a new medication for a patient with prediabetes or diabetes should also consider eliminating at least one therapy the patient is already taking, according to a speaker here. Patients admitted to the hospital, including those admitted for complications from diabetes, often are discharged with more prescription medications than they arrived taking, Rohit Moghe, PharmD, MSPH, CDE, an advanced practice pharmacist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, said during a presentation at the American Association of Diabetes Educators. In many cases, Moghe said, an intensive focus on lifestyle intervention can allow for a provider to instead focus on “deprescribing” — reducing or eliminating unnecessary therapies that may, in the end, do more harm than good.

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