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Inappropriate drug prescribing in elderly people is common

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 12 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:367
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Prescribing drugs to elderly patients that are known to be associated with side effects in older people seems relatively common, despite warnings about such drugs.

    Researchers, led by Lesley Curtis of Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, and colleagues, investigated the extent that potentially inappropriate drugs are prescribed for elderly patients who are not in hospital (Archives of Internal Medicine 2004;164: 1621-5).

    Inappropriate medications were identified according to criteria set by physicians and pharmacologists, as defined by a list known as the Beers revised list …

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