Table 1

 Eleven prescription-only medications prescribed in discharge letter but not used during home visit: potential implications

SexAge (years)DrugIndicationImplication of non-use
COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Male92ZopicloneInsomniaLimited
Budesonide inhalationCOPDLimited
Female88CodeineAnalgesicLimited
Female54EsomeprazoleGastric ulcerLacking prophylaxis
Female83Tiotropium inhalationCOPDLimited
Female64ClonazepamAnxietyLimited
Female62Budesonide inhalationCOPDLimited
Male78Formoterol inhalationCOPDLimited
Female85DipyridamoleApoplexia cerebriLacking prophylaxis
Female63Budesonide inhalationCOPDLimited
Female66Salmeterol inhalationCOPDLimited