preventive medicine

Unnecessary use of medication in patients near death

September 18, 2018 - 3:45 am

KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- We live in the society where we have the ability to prescribe medications to treat common conditions. In addition, we are often able to prevent serious problems down the road by giving preventive medications. 

But what about at the end of life? Is it necessary to prescribe medications to prevent long-term health issues when we know that there is an acute issue that will limit overall lifespan? 

According to report in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, researchers found a high numbers of preventive medications in people close to death. This at a time when the medications and potential side effects of these drugs should be looked at. 

The most common medications that could be removed were: antihypertensives, anti-lipids and antiplatelet medications.