Navigation Links
Hazardous medications

More than one in four elderly patients was given potentially hazardous medication during 2007. That is the conclusion of a study by Ute Amann and her co-authors in the current issue of the Deutsches rzteblatt International (Dtsch Arztebl Int 2012; 109[5]: 69-75).

Giving certain medical drug substances to over-65-year-olds can increase the risk of undesired drug effects, and for this reason experts describe them as "potentially inappropriate medications" (PIMs).

This study used information from a large database to attempt to estimate the risk of PIM for older people according to age, sex, and drug substance. The researchers used the data of 447 592 men and 356 808 women aged 65 or over to assess how often PIMs were prescribed per patient.

Women had more PIM prescriptions than men. The potentially hazardous drugs that were most often prescribed were amitriptyline, acetyldigoxin, tetrazepam, and oxazepam. Overall, 8.8% of all patients in the database received four or more prescriptions for the same or an equivalent drug during the study period.

Contact: Deutsches rzteblatt International
Deutsches Aerzteblatt International

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Scented laundry products emit hazardous chemicals through dryer vents
2. Study suggests lower risk of coronary heart disease from alcohol, even with hazardous drinking
3. Binge drinking: Too prevalent and hazardous
4. LSU receives $3.6 million to fund center studying hazardous waste cleanup and health impacts
5. Webcam technology used to measure medications effects on the heart
6. Toward new medications for chronic brain diseases
7. Pathological gambling may be successfully treated with medications for substance addiction
8. New medications show promise in treating drug-resistant prostate cancer
9. Hypertension and cholesterol medications present in water released into the St. Lawrence River
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/17/2015)... 2015 Paris from 17 ... Paris from 17 th until 19 ... innovation leader, has invented the first combined scanner in the ... same scanning surface. Until now two different scanners were required: one ... capture both on the same surface. This innovation is ...
(Date:11/16/2015)... , Nov 16, 2015  Synaptics Inc. (NASDAQ: ... interface solutions, today announced expansion of its TDDI ... touch controller and display driver integration (TDDI) ... smartphones. These new TDDI products add to the ... resolution), TD4302 (WQHD resolution), and TD4322 (FHD resolution) ...
(Date:11/11/2015)... , Nov. 11, 2015   MedNet Solutions , an ... of clinical research, is pleased to announce that it will ... Trials (PCT) event, to be held November 17-19 in ... to view live demonstrations of iMedNet , ... how iMedNet has been able to deliver time ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:12/1/2015)... Dec. 01, 2015 ... of the "2016 Europe Cell Surface ... Technologies, Competitive Strategies, Opportunities for Suppliers--France, Germany, ... offering. --> ) has ... Europe Cell Surface Markers: Country Volume and ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... -- Symic, a clinical-stage biotherapeutics company developing multiple compounds that ... that it has secured $25 million in a Series ... lead candidates SB-030 and SB-061. The financing was led ... existing major investors, as well as several new investors. ... Symic to over $43 million since being founded in ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... 1, 2015 ... "2016 U.K. Virology and Bacteriology Testing Market: ... Tests, Supplier Shares by Test, Innovative Technologies, ... offering.  --> ) has ... Virology and Bacteriology Testing Market: Sales and ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... radiology technique shows promise for helping morbidly obese patients lose ... presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society ... --> --> Gastric artery embolization ... way to stop bleeding in emergency situations, but the idea ... is new. Mubin Syed , M.D., interventional radiologist ...
Breaking Biology Technology: