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Course Details

Polypharmacy: Panacea or Poison

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This webinar is not for credit.


This one hour webinar is an archived presentation from Tom Bartol’s, Holly’s Harmon’s and Kenneth McCall’s  live presentation at the 24th Annual Maine Geriatrics Conference, “Where Policy Meets Practice” held on June 12, 2014 in Bar Harbor, Maine.  The timely and important topic of polypharmacy use in the elderly is discussed utilizing an interprofessional presentation model.  Critical decision points in the use multiple medications, antipsychotic medications and potentially inappropriate medications are described.  Maine’s role as a leader in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ national initiative aimed to improve behavioral health and minimize the use of medications (such as antipsychotic medications) for individuals with dementia living in nursing homes is reviewed.  The webinar also includes strategies and approaches to use to reduce adverse drug events in older adults, to successfully reduce the use of antipsychotic medications for individuals with dementia living in nursing homes and to involve the older adults in the decision making process for medication use.  

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

-Discuss the national trends in prescription medication use, including the prevalence of polypharmacy.
-Describe two recommended strategies to involve older adults in the decision making process about medication use.
-Identify the reasons reducing the use of antipsychotic medications is an important initiative underway nationally for individuals with dementia living in nursing homes.  

Target Audience

This program is intended for: Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nursing Facility Administrators, Certified Nursing Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Substance Abuse Counselors and all others interested in the field of aging.

Registration Fees

This activity is free of charge.


For questions regarding this program, please contact Carole MacKenzie at 617-726-7572.

For questions regarding technical difficuties, please contact Partners Office of Continuing Professional Development at

CME Information

This webinar is not for credit.

A Certificate of Program Participation and Successful Completion will be provided at the end of the webinar.  

Original Start Date: February 24, 2015
End Date: January 5, 2019

The following planners and/or their spouse/partner have reported no relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest.

Marilyn Gugliucci, PhD    

Lenard Kaye, DSW    

Sharon Berz, LCSW    

Jess Maurer, JD

Romaine Turyn

Valerie Sauda, RN-BC, MS

Cliff Singer, MD

David Bernier, JD

Julie Fralich, MBA

Doreen Fournier Merrill, MSW

The following speakers and/or their spouse/partner have reported no relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest.

Kenneth L. McCall III, BSPharm, PharmD

Tom Bartol, MN

Holly Harmon, RN, MBA


Hardware/Software Specifications: 
This internet-based CME activity is best experienced Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 13 or later, Chrome 16 or later, Safari (version 5 or later)

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Optimal System Configuration: 
Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.1+
Browser: Firefox 13+, Internet Explorer 9.0+, Safari 13+, or Google Chrome 16+
Operating System: Windows Vista,7,8 or Mac OS X 10.4+
Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements: 
Windows PC: 
Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent with 2.33 GHz processor; Windows XP; 512 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card at least 16-bit; Macromedia Flash Player 10 or higher, audio playback with speakers for programs with video content; Firefox 3+, Internet Explorer 7.0+, Safari 4+, Google Chrome, or Opera
Mac OS X 10.3 or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 128MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit