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dr. Donna Bartlett

MedStrong: Shed Your Meds for a Better, Healthier You

$19.00

Medications, all too often, are continued needlessly, especially as we age. People fall, are hospitalized or injured in traffic accidents, deal with side effects knowingly or unknowingly, or place the blame of an ailment on age. Instead, we can change this narrative by reviewing and deprescribing medications after benefit wanes and before harm occurs.

About the Author

Dr. Donna Bartlett is a Board-Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) licensed in Massachusetts. She received her BS in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from MCPHS University in 1995 and 2010 respectively. She has 20 years of experience in retail pharmacy, over 10 years of experience in outreach programming specializing in older adult’s medication needs, affordability, and prescription coverage including Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial insurance coverages.

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Book Details

MedStrong Shed Your Meds for a Better Healthier You tells of the need to keep medications in check throughout the aging process. Why is this necessary? Overmedication increases side effects that can impact one’s well-being and quality of life and can cause unintended consequences such as falls, hospitalizations, and traffic accidents. Many individuals remain on medications far longer than necessary, and having medications added when deprescribing a medication may be a better treatment option. Our bodies change from adult to older adult years, our ability to metabolize and eliminate medications also changes causing potential adverse events. Through patient scenarios, templates, and medical literature MedStrong educates patients, caregivers, and those interested in working with older adults, on polypharmacy, deprescribing, and how to overcome the barriers that stop sound deprescribing in its tracks before the fall, accident, injury, or toxicity occurs.

There are over 70 million baby boomers in the United States. By 2030 all baby boomers will be 65 years or older. Over one-third of older adults take five or more medications with one or more medications being considered unnecessary or inappropriate. With these statistics, it is not surprising that approximately 2 million adverse drug events require hospitalizations each year.

Deprescribing can change that narrative!

Table of Contents

Foreword

Since the beginning of time, humans have sought relief from ailment in plants, herbs, and chemicals. The earliest forms of
medicine extracted from plants was morphine, for pain.

As a pharmacist and because my main focus is deprescribing, I am a self-proclaimed “antipharmacist” where I approach every problem believing a medication is a cause, working to limit medication use whenever possible. Using this philosophy throughout my pharmacy career, I established Medication Managers, LLC, a consulting practice that serves nursing facilities and long-term care pharmacy clients across the country, and later became the executive director and chief executive officer of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacist (ASCP) and the ASCP Foundation. At ASCP, we use a patient-focused approach, driven by deprescribing. We strive to make sure individuals are on the least amount of needed medications, and for most that means eliminating unneeded medication.

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Introduction

Have you ever wondered if you’re taking too many medications and for too long? Do you ever stop to ask if they are all still necessary? Or to consider whether stopping a medication, even one you have taken for years, might make you feel better?

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  • Returns are available within 30 days of purchase. You can return your product for store credit, a different product, or a refund to the original payment method.
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what people are saying

“After the first question, I certainly wanted to read more….This book is empowering!”

– Debbie W., Book Reviewer, Healthcare Consumer, and Caregiver

"The deprescribing information in this book is so helpful!…My practice will definitely benefit!”

Denise Egan, NP-Gerontology, Book Reviewer

“I’ve been talking to senior organizations about Donna and her book; when I find something worthy, I can be very vocal.”

Karen McKenzie, senior health and fitness specialist and host of TV talk show
“Seniors on the Move”

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EBook: MedStrong: Shed Your Meds for a Better, Healthier You

$9.99

Medications, all too often, are continued needlessly, especially as we age. People fall, are hospitalized or injured in traffic accidents, deal with side effects knowingly or unknowingly, or place the blame of an ailment on age. Instead, we can change this narrative by reviewing and deprescribing medications after benefit wanes and before harm occurs.

This is a pre-order. The official publication date is estimated to be September 1, 2022. Books are estimated the first week of the Official Publication Date. You will receive an email with your e-book. 

Bracelets

DEPRESCIBE OPTIMIZE Silicone Bracelets

$2.00 for two or $9.00 for ten

Off-white, silicone bracelet is embossed with DEPRESCRIBE on one side of the outer circle and OPTIMIZE on the opposite side of the outer circle.

This comfortable bracelet is off-white to remind one of simplicity, purity, and bone strength. When we deprescribe-to-optimize, each medication has a purpose, is appropriate, and is meant to keep us strong and well.

Buy a bracelet set of 2 today to wear one and share one with someone you care for or someone who cares for you! Be MedStrong!