Among older adults, drug side effects, drug-drug interactions and other adverse drug events (ADEs) are common, but often preventable. Research suggests that more than a quarter of ADEs that occur in primary care and almost half of those in long-term care could be avoided.The Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults have been an important resource for preventing ADEs since the late Mark Beers, MD, and a team of experts first published them in 1991. Catch up on utilization of the AGS Beers Criteria 2012 with this commentary from our associate physician editor, Barney Spivack, MD, “Making Use of the 2012 Beers Criteria.” Dr. Spivack explains how to use this resource in the primary care setting, and how it compares to its earlier versions.
You might also be interested in this recent letter to the editor, in which a pharmacist took it upon himself to evaluate how many of his patients at his clinical site were being prescribed medications on the Beers List. Read the full letter here.