Monday, September 17, 2007

Fewer seniors taking higher-risk medications: CIHI study

From CBC News:
The proportion of seniors on drugs that may put them at a higher risk of adverse effects has decreased over the past six years, according to a report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

The study released Thursday assessed drug program claims in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick. It suggests 27 per cent of seniors took drugs on the so-called Beers list in 2005-06, down from 34 per cent in 2000-01.

About one in four seniors took medication listed on the Beers list of higher-risk drugs in 2005-06, according to a new CIHI survey of four Canadian provinces.
(CBC) The internationally recognized list identifies medications that are “potentially inappropriate” for seniors because of an elevated risk of adverse effects. ...more

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