Prevent Your Loved Ones From Being Overmedicated
with Dr. DeLon Canterbury, PharmD, BCGP, CEO of GeriatRx
The majority of older adults over the age of 65 are taking 15 to 18 medications annually, which can lead to an increase in hospitalization and also has a cost of nearly $21 billion annually. My guest today is Dr. DeLon Canterbury, founder and CEO of GeriatRx, a telehealth concierge consulting service that focuses on helping overwhelmed caregivers and clinicians prevent their loved ones from being overmedicated. Dr. Canterbury advocates for genetic drug screening, deprescribing, and health cost savings strategies. During the interview, Dr. Canterbury, discusses one of his personal challenges - watching his grandmother decline due to medication-related issues. This experience motivated him to create GeriatRx in order to prevent older adults and families from experiencing similar struggles.
We talk about his story and his advocacy in pharmacology, the important changes that need to happen in our healthcare industry, and the concerns with geriatric pharmacology at the moment. We also discuss how we can support family caregivers, what overmedication means, what important questions to ask our healthcare providers and what we should look for to understand the root cause of some of these issues, as well as where we should start in deprescribing.
He is hopeful as he shares what he has seen in the growing improvement in the space, and how he supports professionals, families, and older adults with his holistic and evidence-based approach. I've had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Dr. DeLon in person. What a joy it is to have him as a colleague. Thank you for your important work, Dr. DeLon!
Dr. DeLon Canterbury shares about:
His personal experience with the decline of his grandmother and the role medication played in it, which led to the founding of GeriatRx
The staggering impact of overmedication
How GeriatRx, a telehealth concierge consulting service helps prevent overmedication in older adults
How he advocates for genetic drug screening, prescribing strategies, and health cost savings.
We discuss changes needed in healthcare, concerns with geriatric pharmacology, and ways to support family caregivers
Important questions to ask when prescribing medication and how he supports professionals, families, and older adults with a holistic and evidence-based approach
Learn more at www.geriatrx.org
About Dr. DeLon Canterbury & GeriatRx
GeriatRx is a telehealth concierge consulting service that focuses on helping overwhelmed caregivers and clinicians stop their loved ones from being overmedicated using genetic-drug screening, deprescribing, and health cost savings strategies. We specialize in developing medication action plans for patients of all ages, but with a specialty in Geriatric care. Unlike your traditional pharmacist, we develop a three-month strategy to address overmedicated patients using a holistic and evidence-based approach in accordance with your prescriber so that there are no gaps in communication of care. Founder of the Deprescribing Accelerator, DeLon envisions all pharmacists and senior care providers as Deprescribing Advocates and coaches professionals how to integrate, leverage, and monetize Deprescribing into clinical practice! The Deprescribing Accelerator trains passionate nurses, pharmacists, and prescribers on how they can be serve our overmedicated seniors by increasing your revenue’s practice with referrals and a value-based, sustainable care model within your business.
Read more of Dr. DeLon's story HERE.
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