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A Brief Description of Hospice Medications

Anticipating what symptoms a patient is likely to experience as they approach the end of their life is sometimes difficult, but immediate access to necessary medicines, prescribed in anticipation of need can avoid lapses in symptom control and the associated distress this can cause to the dying patient and to those important to them.

Patients nearing the end of life typically wish to pass peacefully at home or in the comfort of their own bed, surrounded by loved ones, not machines and doctors. Pharmacists provide practical support and advice to healthcare professionals on the prescribing and administration of common hospice medicines and to have them ready for timely pickup or delivery.