14 Mar 2022 Wade Thompson, pharmacist, epidemiologist, lecturer and one of Canada’s foremost experts on deprescribing
What do you do as a clinician when you routinely encounter people taking 15 to 20 medications at a time, many of them unnecessary and potentially harmful?
That’s the kind of dilemma our newest member of the TI has made his mission to help solve.
Dr. Wade Thompson comes to the Therapeutics Initiative after more than a decade of clinical and research expertise, developing, studying and promoting ways to reduce unnecessary or harmful medication, especially in older persons.
As an astoundingly productive clinician and researcher, working in Ottawa, Denmark and Toronto, Wade has been at the forefront of bringing the term “deprescribing” into the medical lexicon and his focus on rigorous methods to improve rational drug use is poised to have a major impact on the care of Canada’s oldest people. You can check out some of the guidelines and decision-support tools (deprescribing algorithms) he helped to develop at https://deprescribing.org/
Wade’s work merges nicely with a central thrust of the TI’s educational work over the last few years, focused on reducing the harm of routinely-prescribed drugs and deprescribing. Wade will be here to help contribute to our webinars, Therapeutics Letters and personalized prescribing Portraits on deprescribing. Wade’s enthusiastic and youthful zeal makes him an excellent fit for our team.
You can read more about his bio on our Members Page.
Welcome aboard Wade!