(The process of reducing medications that are no longer needed or that may be causing harm)

Whereas: 66% of Canadian seniors take five medications or more

Whereas: 27% of Canadian seniors take 10 medications or more

Whereas: 39% of Canadians aged over 85 take 10 medications or more

Whereas: 1-in-4 Canadian seniors is prescribed a medication that is potentially harmful or unnecessary, these are collectively called inappropriate medications

Whereas: Unnecessary medications lead to hospitalizations and excessive cost to the system and the patient’s quality of life

Whereas: 40% of drug-related emergency room visits are preventable

Whereas: Older women are most vulnerable. Women use the greatest number of medications, are at highest risk of side effects, and are most likely to be prescribed inappropriate medications.

Therefore, be it resolved:

That this organization ___________________________________________________________

Declare on this day of ____________________________________________________________ (day) (month) (year)

  • that through the provision of information to our members, we will join the Canadian Deprescribing Network (CaDeN) effort in achieving two main goals:
  1. Reduction of harm by curbing the prescription of inappropriate medications to Canadian seniors by 50% by 2020
  2. Promotion of safer therapies to replace inappropriate medications

Therefore be it further resolved:

  • that through federal and provincial advocacy, we will lobby Government to lead the development of a sustainable strategy to reduce the risks associated with the over-prescription of drugs to seniors.

The Canadian Deprescribing Network (CaDeN)

What started as a group of concerned clinicians and researchers in 2015 has now evolved into a growing movement of patients, health professionals, governments, and public organizations from across Canada to reduce the over-prescription of drugs to seniors. Together, we have set two broad goals. First, cutting of potentially harmful or unnecessary medications for older Canadian women and men by 50% by the year 2020. Second, promoting safer medication or non-medication alternatives to harmful medications. Such a reduction in medication would dramatically improve patient health while also saving millions of dollars through reduced annual medication costs to the health care system and Canadian hospitals.

Established in 2016, Network members contribute what they can to work toward the overarching goal of reducing the use of unnecessary medications, by leveraging their skills and knowledge to help with a variety of initiatives. Members of CaDeN are developing a comprehensive plan for improved medication use in Canada. Our plan includes a variety of initiatives aimed at a set of interrelated goals: raising public awareness and engagement, increasing provider motivation and capacity, coordinating federal and provincial policies, leveraging health information systems, and advancing research on prescribing appropriateness and deprescribing tools.