Donna Bartlett: Medstrong
MedStrong: Aging Well Through Deprescribing tells of the need to keep medications in check throughout the aging process. Why is this necessary? Overmedication increases side effects that can impact one’s well-being and quality of life, and can cause unintended consequences such as falls, hospitalizations, and traffic accidents. Many individuals remain on medications far longer than necessary, and have medications added when deprescribing a medication may be a better treatment option.
Our bodies change from adult to older adult years, our ability to metabolize and eliminate medications also changes causing potential adverse events. Through patient scenarios, templates, and medical literature, MedStrong educates patients, caregivers, and those interested in working with older adults, on polypharmacy, deprescribing, and how to overcome the barriers that stop sound deprescribing in its tracks before the fall, accident, injury, or toxicity occurs. There are over 70 million baby boomers in the United States. By 2030 all baby boomers will be 65 years or older. Over one-third of older adults take five or more medications with one or more medications being considered unnecessary or inappropriate.
With these statistics it is not surprising that approximately 2 million adverse drug events require hospitalizations each year. Board certified geriatric pharmacist, Dr. Donna Bartlett, with her keen approach to medication therapy management and deprescribing, lends her experience of over 25 years of pharmacy practice, including retail, outreach, hospital, and academia. Let her take you through the process of deprescribing to optimize your medications.
Dr. Donna Bartlett is a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist licensed in Massachusetts. She received her BS in Pharmacy and her Doctor of Pharmacy degrees at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University-Boston. Currently, Dr. Bartlett is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University, and oversees an internal medicine clinical site at HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster, MA. Dr. Bartlett has over 15 years’ experience as a clinical pharmacist and over 20 years of retail experience. Education expertise and areas of interest includes polypharmacy, deprescribing, geriatrics, medication access and affordability, falls prevention, adherence, and community outreach. Dr. Bartlett hosts podcasts for the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists- The Senior Care Pharmacist Podcast and hosts her own website dedicated to deprescribing: https://donnabartlett.com/.