Seniors overmedicalized, experts say
- Prescribing for older people. Milton, James C; Hill-Smith, Ian; Jackson, Stephen H D // BMJ: British Medical Journal (International Edition);3/15/2008, Vol. 336 Issue 7644, p606
About a fifth of the population in the United Kingdom is 60 years or older,' yet people in this age group receive 59% of dispensed prescriptions and account for more than half of NHS drug costs.2 Older people often have several coexisting medical problems and take multiple drugs. Increasing age...
- Do patients follow a Green Prescription? Ryan, Patricia // Research Review (International Council on Active Aging);Jan2013, Vol. 13 Issue 3, p2
The article reports on the Green Presciption Program in New Zealand in which physicians can include in their prescriptions to 65 years and older patients advice of physical activity as part of the health management program.
- Pharmacist review changed more repeat prescriptions for elderly patients than did usual general practice review. Dixon, Anthony // ACP Journal Club;Sep/Oct2002, Vol. 137 Issue 2, p73
Presents a study that investigated the effect of a clinical review of medications by a pharmacist in increasing medication changes and reducing costs for elderly patients who receive repeat prescriptions. Comparison of the mean prescription change per patient resulting from a pharmacist review...
- Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in the Community-Dwelling Elderly. Zhan, Chunliu; Sangl, Judith; Bierman, Arlene S.; Miller, Marlene R.; Friedman, Bruce; Wickizer, Steve W.; Meyer, Gregg S. // JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association;12/12/2001, Vol. 286 Issue 22, p2823
Reports on a study to determine the prevalence of potentially inappropriate medication use in community-dwelling elderly persons and to examine risk factors for inappropriate medication use. Design; Setting; Participants; Main outcome measures; Results; Conclusion that inappropriate medication...
- Efficacy of a clinical medication review on the number of potentially inappropriate prescriptions for community-dwelling elderly people. Allard, Jacques; Hebert, Rejean; Rioux, Maryse; Asselin, Johannne; Voyer, Louis // CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;5/01/2001, Vol. 164 Issue 9, p1291
Interpretation: This study suggests that the intervention program had no effect on the prescribing of PIPs.
- Physicians less likely to offer depression therapy to older suicidal patients than to younger ones. // Geriatrics;Apr2000, Vol. 55 Issue 4, p82
Reveals that primary care physicians are less willing to offer antidepressant therapy to an older suicidal patient than to a younger one. Survey conducted by researchers in California and North Carolina; How physicians administer suicidal patients.
- Rx for trouble. // Better Homes & Gardens;Nov94, Vol. 72 Issue 11, p62
Reports that one in four elderly Americans receive prescriptions for inappropriate drugs each year.
- Pill-splitting in a long-term care facility. Fischbach, Michelle S.; Gold, Jennifer L.; Lee, Monica; Dergal, Julie M.; Litner, Geoffrey M.; Rochon, Paula A. // CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;3/20/2001, Vol. 164 Issue 6, p785
Examines the frequency of and reasons for pill-splitting in a long-term care facility for elderly patients. Prescription of low doses for elderly patients which are not produced by pharmaceutical manufacturers; Results of a study of residents at the Baycrest Center for Geriatric Care in...
- Not a silly story. Iheanacho, Ike // BMJ: British Medical Journal (International Edition);7/26/2008, Vol. 337 Issue 7663, p238
The author reflects on a report on Internet prescription purchasing published in July of 2008 by the European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicine. He suggests that the report is a worrying exposÃ© of the potential dangers of buying prescription medicine from online pharmacies. He argues that...