Older Women More Likely to be Overprescribed Prescription Drugs

Canadian researchers have identified gender as the primary non-medical factor affecting whether older adults are prescribed drugs that can be dangerous for their demographic. Reporting in Age and Ageing, the team from the University of British Columbia (UBC) found that women aged 65 years and older were as much as 23% more likely than men their age to be prescribed drugs considered inappropriate for them. “For men, being married or in a high income bracket reduced the risk of receiving inappropriate prescriptions,” said lead investigator Steve Morgan, a professor in UBC’s school of population and public health. “These factors had no significant effect for women.” In the study of 660,679 older adults, 31% of the women and 26% of the men filled at least one potentially dangerous prescription. Being sicker, receiving multiple drugs for the same ailment, and being under the care of five or more doctors were risk factors that affected both genders. (Source: APhA Pharmacy Today)