Medications are an integral part of care provided to older adults. Many drugs play a positive role in limiting or solving a health problem but monitoring can be complicated due the risk of side effects and comorbidities. According to research from CMS, the use of nine or more medications in elders increases the risk of adverse drug events (2010). Pharmacogenetics can play an important role in effective use of medications by optimizing drug dose, identifying responders and non-responders to medications, and avoiding adverse events by aligning medications with personal DNA. Pharmacogenetics has been used in acute settings but under-utilized in long term care. It can be an important tool in fall prevention programs, dementia care, pain management, and anti-psychotic reduction and it will be a key component for regulatory compliance under the Proposed Rule FY 2017. This workshop will discuss the implementation of a pharmacogenetics program for improving quality of life, quality of care, reducing medication costs, and personalizing medications and optimizing well-being.
Contact Dawn Balder at 515-440-4630.