Polypharmacy: In search of an appropriate term
Dimitri A. Cozanitis, BSPharm, BEd, MD, PhD, DTM&H
J Am Pharm Assoc (2003) 2011;51:569. doi:10.1331/JAPhA.2011.10213


Using the term “polypharmacy” to indicate multiple medications is both annoying and confusing, but more importantly, it is etymologically incorrect. The classic reference book Remington's Practice of Pharmacy states the following+1: “Pharmacy is the science which treats of medicinal substances. It embraces not only a knowledge of medicines and the art of compounding and dispensing them, but also their identification, selection, preservation, combination, analysis, and standardization. The discovery, through research, of new medicinal drugs and the synthesis of organic compounds of therapeutic value are important functions of scientific pharmacy. The word Pharmacy is also used to designate the place where medicines are compounded, dispensed, and sold.”



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Cook FE, Martin EW:  Remington's practice of pharmacy. 10th ed. Easton, PA:  Mack Publishing;  1951:1.
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