Building Age-Friendly Pharmacy Practice

The following suite of resources were developed by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP Canada) in partnerhsip the the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba. The education material listed below were made possible by the generosity of the Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety through the Dr. John Wade Patient Safety Initiatives Grant.


The presentations are designed to support pharmacists in adapting their knowledge and skill sets to facilitate an “age-friendly environment”  by developing a more robust medication safety culture involving medication use in older adults. 

Please note that these presentations were created for a national audience and some information may not apply to pharmacy practice in Manitoba.

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The College appreciates member feedback on initiatives and resources like these. There is a short electronic survey link packaged with each of the resources listed below. It will take fewer than five minutes to complete a feedback survey and your insight helps us to evaluate our current resources and provides a foundation for future initiatives.

Presentations

Resolving Drug-Drug Interactions:
A Guide for Community Pharmacies to Reduce Potential Hospitalizations

This presentation provides pharmacists with an education program about drug-drug interactions (DDIs) in older adults. This presentation covers

  • the significance of DDIs in older adults;
  • current challenges in preventing DDIs in older adults;
  • clinically significant DDIs involving commonly used antibiotics;
  • alternative therapeutic options for empiric treatment for uncomplicated urinary tract infections, group A streptococcal pharyngitis, and community acquired pneumonia; and
  • confidence building in mitigating DDIs.

Presentation: https://youtu.be/rzfrcxhoXow (32:34)
Presentation Slides: Resolving Drug-Drug Interactions: A Guide for Community Pharmacies to Reduce Potential Hospitalizations
Supporting Resource: Drug-Drug Interactions in Geriatrics Summary Chart
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Multi-Incident Analysis on Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults

This multi-incident analysis explores the current state of inappropriate prescribing by identifying medication incidents related to inappropriate medication use. This educational program demonstrates points of intervention in the community setting that can prevent medication harm caused by inappropriate medication use in older adults.

Presentation: https://youtu.be/Wd-8SJwHKe0 (27:35)
Presentation Slides: Multi-Incident Analysis on Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults
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Safe Medication Use in Geriatrics

The presentation explores older adults’ susceptibility to medication incidents because of increased likelihood of chronic illness, multiple medications, and physiological changes. This educational program will discuss some common trends and potential safeguards for medication use in older adults.

Presentation: https://youtu.be/RqSWLHl2Q_M (21:14)
Presentation Slides: Safe Medication Use in Geriatrics
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Less is More: An Introduction to Deprescribing

Deprescribing is the process or trial of tapering, stopping, discontinuing, or withdrawing inappropriate, unnecessary, and potentially harmful drugs. The aim of deprescribing is to manage polypharmacy, decrease the risk of medication incidents, improve health outcomes, and improve quality of life. This presentation is an introduction to deprescribing.

Presentation: https://youtu.be/mI8fYxkvmMw (28:44)
Presentation Slides: Less is More: An Introduction to Deprescribing
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