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Medication management – deprescribing

Deprescribing is the systematic process of identifying and discontinuing potentially inappropriate drugs with the aim of minimising polypharmacy and improving patient outcomes. Read more here.

Primary Health Tasmania has worked with Consultant Pharmacy Services to develop a range of resources to help GPs in the deprescribing of a number of common medications.

Please note that the evidence base impacting on deprescribing and rational prescribing generally is always evolving. Please be mindful of that in using the guides, and interpret the information accordingly.

Deprescribing fact sheet

An overview of deprescribing principles and research, and the deprescribing approach. Includes the assessment of benefit versus harm, withdrawal and recurrence issues, and consumer and GP perceptions of the process.

Deprescribing guides

These guides outline recommended deprescribing strategies for a range of commonly used medicines. They were last revised and updated in December 2022.

Deprescribing consumer resources

A consumer-focused brochure and card are available to support a conversation about deprescribing.

Deprescribing videos

Primary Health Tasmania has also produced a series of short videos featuring discussion between geriatrician Dr David Dunbabin, GP Dr Amanda Lo, and consultant pharmacist Dr Peter Tenni about the deprescribing cycle.

Go to this page to watch the videos.