Frazier Polypharmacy Program

The Frazier Polypharmacy Program (FPP) is a program dedicated to research, education and outreach regarding the growing challenge of Polypharmacy.

The (FPP) was started in the UofL Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine (DFGM) in 2007.  The FPP was then called the “Polypharmacy Initiative”. It was launched through the support of a local citizen and philanthropist (Mrs. Jean Frazier) whose long-standing concern about polypharmacy aligned with the work led by then DFGM chair, Dr. James G. O’Brien MD. The pilot eventually became an endowed program called the University of Louisville Frazier Polypharmacy Program. The UofL FPP continues to grow as the seed component of the UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences Polypharmacy Innovation Center.

Polypharmacy is the use of high levels and variable combinations of prescription medications, over the counter medications, supplements and vitamins. Historically, Polypharmacy was exclusively a problem of aging and thus historically, the scholarship around polypharmacy was primarily performed in the fields of geriatrics and gerontology.  The Polypharmacy Innovation Center is dedicated to studying polypharmacy in all age groups. 

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