Education Winter School Track

27th November – 17:15 – 19:00 – Session VI
Education Track

Polypharmacy: Prioritizing Medical Treatments

Today, it is not uncommon that some patients are taking 5-6 prescription medicines along several vitamins, herbal remedies, and over the counter medications. Most pharmacists and health care professionals check if there are interactions among different medications, however physicians don’t always have a clear picture of what other medications are being taken. Also, as most of the combinations have not been tested in clinical trials, adverse effects are often unknown and only affect a small subset of the population.

It is almost impossible to identify all the downstream effects of different combinations of therapy.  Also, many side effects go unnoticed by patients because the factors seem unrelated to primary disease. For example, they could be slightly fatigued or have eczema. Additionally, if there is a side effect identified, clinicians need to determine which medications should be stopped to address the issue. This session will discuss the growing polypharmacy challenges, and what steps can be taken by GPs/FPs better manage these concerns.

Chair

Ketti Mazzocco,

Ketti Mazzocco

Researcher and lecturer in General Psychology at the University of Milan and psychotherapist in the Division of Psycho-oncology of the European Institute of Oncology (IEO)

Panel

Advances in Immune Therapies: Implications for General Practitioners

Giovanni Martinelli

Giovanni Martinelli

Associate Professor, Department of Experimental, Diagnostic and Specialty Medicine, University of Bologna

Targeted Therapies: Standards for Predicting Sensitivity and Resistance

Vangelis Manolopoulos

Vangelis Manolopoulos

Professor of Pharmacology, President, Greek Society of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology

Case Example: Treatment of Epylepsy: Why Genetics Matter?

Prof. Norman Delanty

Prof. Norman Delanty

Consultant Neurologist, Professor, Clinical Neurological Sciences, Beaumont Hospital