Do you suspect that you, or someone you love, is being over-prescribed prescription drugs?  If so, the the Canadian Deprescribing Network may be a useful resource for you.

The Canadian Deprescribing Network (CDN) is a group of health care leaders, clinicians, decision-makers, academic researchers and patient advocates working together to mobilize knowledge and promote the deprescribing of medication that may no longer be of benefit or that may be causing harm.

Deprescribing is the planned and supervised process of reducing or stopping medications that may no longer be of benefit or may be causing harm. The goal is to reduce medication burden and harm, while maintaining or improving quality of life.

Currently, more than one in three Canadian seniors use at least one potentially inappropriate medication, which can lead to health risks, including falls, fractures, hospitalizations and death. People over the age of 65, women and people taking multiple medications are especially at risk. Yet this doesn’t need to be the case. Safer alternatives exist, and people need to be made aware of them and where to find them.

CDN goals

  • Raise awareness and decrease the use of potentially inappropriate medications for seniors by 50% by 2020.
  • Ensure access to safer drug and non-drug therapies.

Find out more about the Canadian Deprescribing Network.