En español | Nearly 90 percent of people over 60 take at least one prescription drug; 30 percent take five or more. When multiple doctors and pharmacies issue the prescriptions — a situation known as "polypharmacy" — overmedication and dangerous reactions can occur, especially in the elderly. Over-the-counter drugs can put patients at further risk.
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