Newfoundland and Labrador has some of the highest use of potentially harmful medications across the country and the long-term use of these medications continues to rise. The use of potentially harmful medications can lead to extensive health risks, including falls, fractures, hospitalizations and death. The rising use of potentially harmful medications in Newfoundland and Labrador is creating an urgency for change.
SaferMedsNL brings together patient advocates, community organizations, healthcare professionals and academic researchers, to improve medication use through deprescribing potentially harmful or unnecessary medications.
What is deprescribing?
Deprescribing means reducing or stopping medications that might be unnecessary or causing harm. The aim of deprescribing is to maintain or improve quality of life. It is a planned and supervised process that involves a coordinated effort between patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals and policy-makers.
Promote safe and effective medication use for people living in Newfoundland and Labrador
Reduce the use of potentially harmful medications in Newfoundland and Labrador by 20% by 2021
Increase awareness of safer alternatives to medications and how to access them
Raise public awareness about the benefit and harms of medications
Provide resources for patients and healthcare professionals to reduce potentially harmful medications
Promote meaningful conversations between healthcare professionals and patients to ensure medications are continued when necessary and safely stopped when they are no longer needed