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Louisville: “Polypharmacist” Brings Expertise to Improve Public Health, Receives High Honor

The University of Louisville has long tackled the issue of polypharmacy, the use of multiple prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and supplements and vitamins, through the Frazier Polypharmacy Program, led by Dr. Demetra Antimisiaris, the Frazier Polypharmacy and Medication Management Program Endowed Chair.

The endowed program, dedicated to research, education and outreach, continues to grow as Dr. Antimisiaris broadens the focus of her study beyond the geriatric population.

“Historically, polypharmacy was exclusively a problem of aging, but now it is a part of life for all ages, including middle-aged adults and children. If a child has asthma, diabetes and ADHD, they could be receiving as many as seven or more medications, not including over-the-counter medication,” said Dr. Antimisiaris, who recently joined the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences.

The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) has recognized Dr. Antimisiaris’ contributions to the profession, and will confer her with the George F. Archambault Award, the organization’s highest honor during its annual meeting Nov. 7 in Texas.

ASCP Archambault Award honorees are selected by past recipients and based on their significant contributions to consultant or senior care pharmacy.

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