Updating the beers criteria for
The application of the Beers criteria and other tools for identifying potentially inappropriate medication use will continue to enable providers to plan interventions for decreasing both drug-related costs and overall costs and thus minimize drug-related problems. 2003;116-2724 From the Department of Medicine, Center for Health Care Improvement (Drs Fick and Maclean); and Office of Biostatistics (Dr Waller), Medical College of Georgia, Augusta; Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Augusta (Dr Fick); Department of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, University of Georgia, Athens, (Drs Cooper and Wade); and Merck & Co Inc, West Point, Pa (Dr Beers).
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ORIGINAL INVESTIGATION Updating the Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults Results of a US Consensus Panel of Experts Donna M. Results: This study identified 48 individual medications or classes of medications to avoid in older adults and their potential concerns and 20 diseases/conditions and medications to be avoided in older adults with these conditions.
3 Of these ADEs, 1 in 7 results in hospitalization.1 Adverse drug events (ADEs) have been linked to preventable problems in elderly patients such as depression, constipation, falls, immobility, confusion, and hip fractures.