Who we help - Older people
NPIS receives over 7,000 telephone enquiries a year relating to older people, over 60 years. Of these, almost half are considered to be as a result of medication errors, a third accidental and the rest either deliberate, or of unknown cause.
Medication errors are a relatively common cause of enquiry in older people and alcohol is often a complicating factor. Though some cases are potentially serious, in general such patients come to little harm. Many of the substances involved are drugs frequently used by this age group, such as paracetamol, digoxin and tiotropium.