Updating the beers criteria for potentially inappropriate


The criteria reviewed covered 2 types of statements: (1) medications or medication classes that should generally be avoided in persons 65 years or older because they are either ineffective or they pose unnecessarily high risk for older persons and a safer alternative is available and (2) medications that should not be used in older persons known to have specific medical conditions.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. PY - 2003/12/8Y1 - 2003/12/8N2 - Background: Medication toxic effects and drug-related problems can have profound medical and safety consequences for older adults and economically affect the health care system.

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Can prescription drugs be hazardous for senior citizens?

In 1991, a team of 12 health experts developed a list of potentially dangerous medications for seniors.

The Beers List (named after the head doctor on the team) was later updated in 19, and now contains 48 potentially risky medications for seniors.

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. The criteria reviewed covered 2 types of statements: (1) medications or medication classes that should generally be avoided in persons 65 years or older because they are either ineffective or they pose unnecessarily high risk for older persons and a safer alternative is available and (2) medications that should not be used in older persons known to have specific medical conditions.