A novel approach to the assessment of drug compliance in the elderly

Marion E.T. McMurdo, Andrew Jarvis, Callum G. Fraser, Uptal K. Ghosh

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A reliable drug history is not always available, and the constant accurate updating of patients’ current medication at a Day Hospital may be difficult. This pilot study examined the use of a qualitative thin-layer chromatographic technique (Toxi-Lab system) applied to urine specimens in assessing drug compliance in the elderly. The system proved capable of detecting 36% of prescribed drugs in a group of elderly patients, and offers a novel and inexpensive approach to monitoring compliance with certain medications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-344
Number of pages6
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 1991



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  • Drug compliance

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