Medicare’s open-enrollment period, when the 49 million Americans who use the program can make changes to their 2013 coverage, is about to come to a close – for most beneficiaries and their families, the deadline for alterations is midnight on Friday, Dec. 7.
When it comes to the chronic over-medicating of older adults, AARP has been a consistent critic of Big Pharma and the doctors who overprescribe dangerous cocktails of drugs without fully understanding their impact on older adults.
And considering the size of this epidemic, it’s a darn good thing AARP is trying to do something about it.
Given the recent rise in drug prices and the increasing number of patients, especially those over 60, who are taking multiple medications each month, saving money on prescription drugs is increasingly important.
The “poisonous cocktail,” as it’s called in the healthcare biz, is the staggeringly common practice of over-prescribing prescription drugs — primarily to older adults. As The New York Times reported in a great piece a couple years ago: This is what doctors call polypharmacy, otherwise known as a “poisonous cocktail” of many drugs that can interact in dangerous ways and… Read more →