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Date:7/31/2009

er age group, are at highest risk for medication-related problems (MRPs). Although people over age 65 make up only about 12% of the population, they account for over 36% of all reported adverse drug reactions. Adverse drug reactions and nonadherence are responsible for 28% of hospitalizations in the elderly, and 23% of nursing home admissions, both of which are very costly forms of care. Researchers estimate that about 25 to 30% of all MRPs in older adults are preventable. The Institute of Medicine has previously acknowledged the critical role that pharmacists play in reducing medication-related problems and has also stated that "access to pharmacists' expertise must be possible at all times."

The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, the recognized expert in geriatric pharmacotherapy, is the international professional society devoted to optimal medication management and improved health outcomes for all older persons. ASCP's 12,000 members serve individuals residing in a variety of environments, including nursing facilities, sub acute care and assisted living facilities, psychiatric hospitals, and hospice programs, as well as in-home and community-based care. Visit ASCP's Web site at http://www.ascp.com.


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