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On March 9, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) released the updated version of the Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medications in the Elderly, a report named for the late Mark Beers, M.D. (and not the malted beverage) who began this important work in 1991.
The updated report includes 3 categories of recommendations:
This list is not intended to replace clinical judgment but gives prescribing health care professionals, the seniors and their families more guidance in selecting medications and provides additional information regarding risks.
Medication-related events are 1 of the leading causes of potentially avoidable hospitalizations in the elderly. Knowing what medications you take, knowing why you take them and knowing the risks and potential side effects remains 1 of the most important tools each senior has in managing their own health.
AGS will also be releasing a consumer version in the next few weeks.