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Research Article

Study of medicine prescribing for elderly patients.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985; 290 doi: (Published 13 April 1985) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985;290:1113
  1. C B Freer


    An analysis of drug prescribing over six months in a random sample of 146 elderly patients showed that 42% were receiving one or more medicines long term. Diuretics, analgesics, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs were most often prescribed, and variations in prescribing by age, sex, and consultations with the general practitioner were examined. Only 17% of the group were taking three or more medicines on repeat prescriptions, and 42% received no prescriptions during the study. These results have implications for the workload of supervising prescriptions but also underline the need for a balanced view of drug prescribing and medicine taking in elderly people.