By: Amanda Daniels, PharmD, PGY-2 Pharmacy Resident in Pain and Palliative Care, Hospice of Southern Illinois
October is American Pharmacists Month and we are excited to present to you a series of myths throughout the month by our very own, Amanda Daniels, PharmD, PGY-2 Pharmacy Resident in Pain and Palliative Care! Our series will help expand your understanding of the field and debunk some myths in the field of pharmacy.
MYTH 3: Hospice stops all medications
It’s often said that family members wish to avoid hospice services because they’re afraid that hospice will stop all the patient’s medications. This is not true! Once admitted, the medical doctor will look over all medications and decide what is important to continue at that time. The medical doctor may stop medications that have no benefit, such as multivitamins, but may continue any other medications he or she feels is necessary to aid in patient comfort. If there is any question regarding why certain medications are stopped or continued, please ask a hospice team member. The primary goal of hospice is to aid in patient comfort.
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