Updating the beers criteria for potentially
But even today there remains a major shortage of trained geriatric health professionals.
To help increase the awareness of the risks of medication use in the elderly, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) maintains and updates the Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use for Geriatrics, which were initially written by the late Dr. Even for new medications, relatively few patients over age 75 are included in clinical trials, yet we still use these medications in older people.The addition of this third category is important because it emphasizes that medications need to be tailored to the unique needs of each patient.Drugs listed on the Beers List are categorized according to risks for bad outcomes.The third category includes medications to be used with caution in older adults.While these medications may be associated with more risks than benefits in general, they may be the best choice for a particular individual if administered with caution.
Abimbola Farinde, Pharm D, Ph D Faculty, Columbia Southern University Abimbola Farinde, Pharm D, Ph D is a member of the following medical societies: American College of Clinical Pharmacy, American Academy of HIV Medicine, American Pharmacists Association, Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.