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Updated polypharmacy prescribing comparators

Better support for at-risk patients

February 17th 2021

Tagged: Clinical Zone news

By Ailsa Colquhoun

An updated Polypharmacy Prescribing Comparators resource has been published on the NHS Business Service Authority website.

Polypharmacy prescribing comparators support the identification of patients deemed to be at-risk who take multiple medicines and may require a structured medication review.

This update has new additional functionality for searching age bands. In addition to the volume and previous therapeutic comparators, the updated tool will help to identify:

  • Patients concurrently prescribed multiple analgesic medicines
  • Patients prescribed SSRIs/SNRIs and medicines known to increase the risk of bleeding
  • Patients prescribed two, three or four or more medicines that can have an unwanted hypotensive effect.

The first set of national polypharmacy comparators in England were published in June 2017 by the Academic Health Science Network and NHS Digital.