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Stop the Madness! Preventing the Prescribing Cascade at the End of Life

May 3 @ 9:50 am 10:50 am

The “prescribing cascade”—when a new medication is prescribed to “treat” an adverse reaction to another medication in the mistaken belief that the response is a unique condition or symptom – can pose numerous problems for patients at the end of life. Increased medication burden, the additional opportunity for adverse effects, and decreased effectiveness of symptom management medications are just a few potential issues. This workshop will discuss strategies for discerning medication side effects, de-prescribing medications, and managing end-of-life medication use for hospice and palliative care patients.

Dr. Caren McHenry Martin, a board-certified geriatric pharmacist, has worked as a North Carolina Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner and has authored more than a hundred articles for national pharmacy publications. Dr. Martin is currently serving as Senior Clinical Manager at Enclara Pharmacia.

Val Wersching, PharmD, is a clinical pharmacist with experience in ambulatory care, population health management, chronic care management, and hospice/palliative care. She is a Board-Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist who has worked with numerous innovative models focusing on providing high-quality pharmaceutical care.

Conference Handouts

Conference presenters have the option of making session handouts available to attendees. All of the available handouts are posted on this website at: https://nehcc.com/handouts.


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