Older Australians not keeping track of meds

The results of the survey, conducted by UMR Research this year on behalf of the National Prescribing Service (NPS), indicated that while 55% of Australians aged 65 and older keep a list of their medicines, 30% do not keep a record of any kind.

Of those who do keep a list, less than half (48%) took it with them each time they visited a health professional.

Of those surveyed, 58% were taking at least three prescription medicines a day, half were taking at least one over-the-counter medicine a day and two in three were taking at least one complementary medicine a day.

The results of the survey were released yesterday to coincide with Be MedicineWise Week, which will this year focus on older Australians.

One in three unplanned hospital admissions involving older Australians is due to problems with medicines, half of which could have been prevented, according to the NPS.

CEO Dr Lynn Weekes said when the results were compared with