An initiative to improve medication use across Newfoundland and Labrador through a collective impact
Newfoundland and Labrador has some of the highest use of potentially harmful medications across the country and the long-term use of these medications continues to rise. The use of potentially harmful medications can lead to extensive health risks, including falls, fractures, hospitalizations and death. The rising use of potentially harmful medications in Newfoundland and Labrador is creating an urgency for change.
SaferMedsNL is a new provincial initiative, which brings together patient advocates, community organizations, healthcare professionals and academic researchers, to improve medication use through deprescribing potentially harmful or unnecessary medications.
SaferMedsNL aligns with and leverages other initiatives across Canada to increase awareness of the potentially inappropriate use of medications by providing education, tools and resources to both patients and health care providers.