Find out about Deprescribing Guidelines

Deprescribing guidelines support health care providers and patients in reducing or stopping medications that may be harmful or no longer needed.

Find out about EMPOWER brochures

EMPOWER brochures help patients understand the rationale for deprescribing certain medications and explain why it is important to talk to a health care provider about deprescribing

Find out about CaDeN

The Canadian Deprescribing Network (CaDeN) is a group of individuals who are committed to improving the health of Canadians by reducing the use of potentially inappropriate medicines and enhancing access to non-drug alternatives.

Reducing medications safely to meet life’s changes

What medications were good then might not be the best choice now. Deprescribing is the planned process of reducing or stopping medications that may no longer be of benefit or may be causing harm. The goal is to reduce medication burden or harm while improving quality of life.

Be part of the change for a better quality of life


Learn about deprescribing, check out resources to help you discuss deprescribing or join the conversation about how you can get involved in research.

Health Care Providers

Get comfortable deprescribing with tools and resources, find out about the Canadian Deprescribing Network or join the conversation about research.


Find out about ongoing research at Bruyère Research Institute and the University of Montreal and join the conversation to share your own research.

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As the population ages, older Canadians are living with multiple chronic conditions. In 2012, 66% of community seniors had claims for 5 or more drug classes.

Canadian Institute for Health Information. Drug use among seniors on public drug programs, 2012. Ottawa, Ontario. May 2014.

Inappropriate prescriptions are known to pose health risks for older adults, leading to unnecessary hospitalisations and undue cost.

Budnitz DS, Lovegrove MC, Shehab N, Richards CL. Emergency hospitalizations for adverse drug events in older Americans. The New England Journal of Medicine. 2011;365(21):2002-12

“It is an art of no little importance to administer medicines properly; but it is an art of much greater and more difficult acquisition to know when to suspend or altogether omit them.”

Philippe Pinel 1745-1826

What’s happening?

New website promotes tackling insomnia without use of medication

A website created by a Nova Scotia pharmacist aims to help Canadians wean themselves off sleeping pills by teaching them how to treat insomnia without drugs. David Gardner talks about said the side effects associated with sleeping pills that are costing the healthcare...

A Multi-Method Approach to Exploring Prescribing Cascades

Prescribing cascades occur when the side effect from a drug is thought to be a symptom of a new condition, which results in starting a second drug to “treat” the side effect. How and why prescribing cascades start and continue, their impact on patients, and/or how...

Deprescribing Initiatives using Community Engagement (DICE)

The Deprescribing Initiatives Using Community Engagement (DICE) project explores how public and health care professional community engagement strategies can be used to implement deprescribing into the routine care of patients in a community within the Champlain Local...

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