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Timely Analysis of Pain Relief Costs and Outcomes Finds Disproportionate Risks for Seniors
Date:2/28/2013

MADISON, Tenn., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A recently completed study finds that Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) pose costly dangers for senior citizens. "Actuarial Cost Profile of Pain Management Using Prescription NSAIDs" documents the fast-growing financial toll linked to NSAID toxicity and side effects.

Vireo Systems, Inc., which specializes in safe, effective pain relief research and products, commissioned an independent researcher to conduct the study. Vireo's priority was to explore quantitative statistics from a cross-section of published literature on the role of prescription NSAIDs for pain management. Among the findings:

  • Nearly 33 million people including 13.8 million seniors (65+) regularly use NSAIDs for treating pain and inflammation.
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) issues, renal problems and cardiac complications are the top-three most-cited side effects -- although others exist, which further escalates healthcare costs.
  • Seniors over 75 years old who regularly use NSAIDs are six times more likely to experience toxic side effects than other users.
  • The average hospitalization cost for someone suffering from common NSAID-associated side effects is $15,000-$20,000.
  • By 2030, seniors will represent approximately half of all NSAID users and will be responsible for two-thirds of the added costs for all NSAID side effects.

The study also reports that doctors write 70 million NSAID prescriptions every year despite mounting evidence of disproportionate side effects in the senior community. NSAIDs are the second most commonly prescribed drugs, with antibiotics being the most common. The most active pharmaceutical ingredients in today's common NSAIDs include Naproxen, Ibuprofen, Celecoxib and Diclofenac.

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