Problematic Medication Use Still High Among Seniors, but Dropping

The use of potentially inappropriate medications among older people declined between 2006–2007 and 2009–2010, an AHRQ-funded study found. However, there is still an overall high use of such medications, which contributes to poor outcomes and adverse events. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the most prevalent of the potentially problematic medications. The article and abstract, “Prevalence of Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults Using the 2012 Beers Criteria,” appeared online March 6 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Coauthors included AHRQ’s G. Edward Miller, Ph.D., and Eric M. Sarpong, Ph.D. The study reported that use of potentially inappropriate medications among older people declined from 45.5 percent in 2006–2007 to 40.8 percent in 2009–2010. Researchers used AHRQ’s 2006–2010 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data and updated the Beers criteria in the study. The Beers list is a guideline for health care professionals to help improve the safety of prescribing medications for older adults.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25752646