polypharmacy

noun
poly·phar·ma·cy | \ ˌpä-li-ˈfär-mə-sē \

Definition of polypharmacy 

: the practice of administering many different medicines especially concurrently for the treatment of a single disease also : the concurrent use of multiple medications by a patient to treat usually coexisting conditions and which may result in adverse drug interactions

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The work is part of a provocative and growing body of research that documents how polypharmacy -- the use of multiple prescription drugs at the same time -- has risen in the U.S. Carolyn Y. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "More than a third of American adults take prescription drugs that may increase risk of depression, study says," 12 June 2018 Studies have linked polypharmacy to unnecessary death. Sandra G. Boodman | Kaiser Health News, Washington Post, "An Overlooked Epidemic: Older Americans Taking Too Many Unneeded Drugs," 12 Dec. 2017 Studies have linked polypharmacy to unnecessary death. Sandra G. Boodman, chicagotribune.com, "America's other big drug problem: Older people take too many pills," 12 Dec. 2017 Studies have linked polypharmacy to unnecessary death. Sandra G. Boodman | Kaiser Health News, Washington Post, "An Overlooked Epidemic: Older Americans Taking Too Many Unneeded Drugs," 12 Dec. 2017 Studies have linked polypharmacy to unnecessary death. Sandra G. Boodman, chicagotribune.com, "America's other big drug problem: Older people take too many pills," 12 Dec. 2017 Studies have linked polypharmacy to unnecessary death. Sandra G. Boodman | Kaiser Health News, Washington Post, "An Overlooked Epidemic: Older Americans Taking Too Many Unneeded Drugs," 12 Dec. 2017 Studies have linked polypharmacy to unnecessary death. Sandra G. Boodman, chicagotribune.com, "America's other big drug problem: Older people take too many pills," 12 Dec. 2017 Studies have linked polypharmacy to unnecessary death. Sandra G. Boodman, miamiherald, "They’re taking pills to wake up, to sleep, to lower blood pressure. The other drug issue.," 11 Dec. 2017

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1762, in the meaning defined above

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polypharmacy

noun
poly·phar·ma·cy | \ -ˈfär-mə-sē \
plural polypharmacies

Medical Definition of polypharmacy 

: the practice of administering many different medicines especially concurrently for the treatment of the same disease also : the concurrent use of multiple medications by a patient to treat usually coexisting conditions and which may result in adverse drug interactions

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