Published: 18 April 2017
Author(s): Inmaculada Poquet, Carlos Tornero
Issue: April 2017
Section: Letter to the Editor

Deprescription is the reduction or suspension of drugs that are not necessary or which are potentially harmful — a situation found in up to 19% of all elderly European patients and in up to 46% of all institutionalized patients. The lack of time among healthcare professionals to revise previous treatments; the incorporation of electronic prescription and its tendency to perpetuate chronic treatment; and reluctance to suspend drugs prescribed by other physicians are barriers against systematic deprescription.

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