Step 3: Does the patient take unnecessary drug therapy?

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Identify and review the (continued) need for drugs:

  • With temporary indications
  • With higher than usual maintenance doses
  • With limited benefit in general for the indication they are used for
  • With limited benefit in the patient under review (see Drug efficacy (NNT) table)
  • For the remaining drugs, it should be verified that each has a function in achieving the therapeutic goals or outcomes that matter most to the patient
  • Review preventative treatment to ensure the patient is able to continue taking medicine for required time to gain benefit (Drug Efficacy (NNT) table).
  • Can lifestyle changes replace any unnecessary drug therapy?