Frank Moriarty - Senior Lecturer at School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Dr. Frank Moriarty, a pharmacist and senior lecturer at the School of Pharmacy in RCSI, led a talk on polypharmacy and deprescribing in research and practice. He covered practical aspects of polypharmacy, deprescribing, and medication reviews, the growing burden of polypharmacy, and its impact on the healthcare system and patients, highlighting the importance of deprescribing as a potential solution to reducing the risk of adverse drug effects. He also discussed the challenges associated with implementation barriers, such as limited physician time and a lack of awareness about deprescribing. He believed that a whole healthcare system and multidisciplinary team approach were needed to address medication issues and harm in a sustainable way.