Sunday, March 21, 2010

Seniors take 5 drugs or more: study

From CBC News:
Almost two-thirds of Canadian seniors in six provinces are taking five or more types of prescription drugs, according to a new report.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information's study, covering the years 2002 to 2008, looked at public drug claims for more than one million people aged 65 or older in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

In 2008, 21 per cent of the seniors were using 10 or more types of prescription drugs and six per cent took 15 or more different classes of drugs. ...more

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