Polypharmacy Profile Testing
Polypharmacy and medication misuse has become the fourth leading cause of death in this country (more 100,000 per year), with almost one-third of Americans between the ages of 57 and 85 taking at least 5 prescription drugs. And 68% of all Americans are taking OTCs or herbal supplements. This is why Cecil Bennett M.D. created the Bennett Polypharmacy Profile (BPP): to successfully identify and determine drug interactions, thereby reducing the number of Adverse Drug Events (ADE). Pharmacogenetic Testing administers the BPP so that clinics and hospitals have the best tools at hand when prescribing controlled substances.
What is the Bennett Polypharmacy Profile?
The BPP is a urinalysis that screens for the most often prescribed drugs, OTCs, and herbal supplements. This makes the BPP an easy and valuable tool for the medical community when managing the treatment of senior citizens, chronic pain patients, and patients with common medical issues that necessitate daily medications. Some other benefits of the BPP panel are:
- Identify medications in a patient’s system that were prescribed by a different physician
- Reduce fatalities and illnesses due to drug interactions
- Decrease possible medical litigation
- Allow for discussion with patients should test results differ from prescribed medications
Current Patient Medication Verification Methods
The problem with the current methods of verifying a patient’s medication is that they are incomplete and/or inaccurate: A) The patient chart/EMR may be incomplete and may not list medications prescribed by other providers, B) Asking a patient to write down their medications can be inaccurate due to memory, or C) Bringing medications into a clinic visit can be time-consuming and inaccurate due to whether the medications are being taken or not. The BPP solves all of these problems with one simple and accurate test.
Why the Bennett Polypharmacy Profile?
- The Bennett Polypharmacy Profile provides you with an objective analysis of which medications your patients are actually taking.
- The test is comprehensive and will screen for the most commonly prescribed medications, along with OTCs and herbal supplements, which can have adverse effects when mixed with prescriptions, thus eliminating negative side effects.
- You can have confidence in our results with more than a 97% success rate in sensitivity and specificity.
- Obtain objective evidence regarding a patient’s compliance or lack-thereof. This helps to protect you in the event of a legal situation.
We offer our polypharmacy testing for clinics and hospitals around the country, including Texas.
Pharmacogenetic Testing wants to provide you with the best available tools to help your patients and your practice. If you would like to start polypharmacy testing so that your patients are getting the most accurate advice possible, contact us today.