I expected an avalanche of criticism from pharmaceutical companies and even physicians after the book went on the market July 3. I thought insurers would support it.
So far, I've found little of either in Internet searches.
In mid-August, I contacted David Elliott, certified geriatric pharmacist with the West Virginia University Department of Clinical Pharmacy. He hadn't seen the book.
But consulting with an assisted living facility and patients at the WVU geriatric clinic housed at Charleston Area Medical Center's Memorial Campus, he's well aware of the importance of focusing on the potential benefits versus adverse reactions for the elderly.
For example, those statins, touted to cut high cholesterol.
"Someone 85 with no evidence of clogged arteries or with a heart condition, what's the likelihood it will benefit them?" he asked.
With just 15 Certified Geriatric Pharmacists in West Virginia at present (they are listed at http://www.ccgp.org/locate
-a-CGP ) and one a year training with Elliott in the WVU program, it's not likely that many of us already in the upper age bracket will encounter one.
But Elliott has advice for all seniors.
"The most important thing is to have one primary care physician or nurse practitioner or physician's assistant to look at all their medication and advise them."
And he's not talking about taking in a list of drugs to an appointment, but actually hauling the containers of every prescription, over-the-counter medication and all supplements.
"Throw them all in a bag," Elliott said.
At the end of his book, Neel provides a nine-question "self-assessment quiz" and a list of medications seniors generally should avoid.
If you get the book, don't jump to the end. There's too much good information earlier.
The Kanawha County Public Library system currently has copies of the book on order, and a copy at the Cabell library system can be requested through Putnam libraries. I downloaded it to my Kindle from Amazon.com, where it is also available in hard cover.
Contact writer Evadna Bartlett at eva...@dailymail.com.