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Drug Utilization Review Reveals Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use Among Elderly Population
Date:4/14/2009

Prime Therapeutics to present findings at AMCP Conference in April

ST. PAUL, Minn., April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Research conducted by Prime Therapeutics (Prime) revealed a significant reduction in inappropriate prescription medication use among older adults when a retrospective drug utilization review (RetroDUR) program paired with a provider intervention initiative was implemented. This research was recently published in the American Journal of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy. In addition, a research abstract based on the same study was published in the March issue of the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy. The study will be presented at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) Annual Meeting this week in Orlando, Florida.

According to a 2008 study by Research in Nursing and Health, Persons 65 years of age and older are more likely than younger persons to require hospitalization due to adverse drug events, which have been linked to preventable problems such as depression, confusion, immobility, falls and

hip fractures. Although the National Committee for Quality Assurance has created a list of drugs to be avoided in the elderly due to an increased risk of negative health outcomes, the use of these medications, which include muscle relaxants, estrogens and anticholinergic medicines, continues to be widespread.

"Inappropriate prescribing for elderly patients remains prevalent," said Catherine I. Starner, PharmD, BCPS, CGP, lead author and Senior Clinical Pharmacist at Prime Therapeutics. "Our research suggests an actionable provider letter with member specific prescription claims information appears to be associated with a decrease in potentially inappropriate prescription medication use among older adults."

The analysis was conducted using retrospectively analyzed pharmacy claims data from three Medicare Part D Blue Cross Blue Shield plans
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