I absolutely agree with reducing polypharmacy especially where vitamins/supplements are concerned. I can't tell you how many LTC residents I have that take a few prescription meds that are probably beneficial along with a boat load of vitamins that probably aren't.
Case in point is one of my residents that takes a blood pressure med and a diuretric which are beneficial, a statin that is in my opinion of questionable benefit along with a list of vitamins and supplements including Vit B6, Vit B12, Vit C, Vit D, Vit E, multivitamin with minerals, Preservision vitamin, calcium, tums [which also is calcium], biotin, magnesium, zinc, fish oil, aspirin, tylenol and an OTC omeprazole. Many of those OTC meds are probably useless to her plus a few of them are multiple pill doses and a few like the calcium, fish oil and Preservision are just huge pills and as she has declined she is having a harder time swallowing all these. She recently changed primary providers so I am hoping we can get a lot of these eliminated soon though I am not sure the family will be agreeable. Her previous doctor did try to reduce some of these and it was a hard no from the POA, maybe this new MD will have better luck.