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Pharmacoepidemiology of the Elderly in Brazil: State of the Art

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With improving socioeconomic conditions, longer life spans have become more common in developing countries—those with a growing economy increasing production, per capita consumption, and income. This has been the case in Brazil. If, on one hand, this phenomenon undoubtedly represents a major social achievement, there is also consensus that it provides a set of challenges for Brazilian society. Among these challenges: promoting rational drug use in the elderly. This article aims at presenting the current state of the pharmacoepidemiology of aging in Brazil. It describes the main components and needed advances in this field of knowledge. It also identifies areas that, if improved, will allow more consistent contributions to national drug policy and improve the quality of pharmacotherapy and other health conditions among Brazilian seniors.

Abbreviations: ADR = Adverse drug reaction, WHO = World Health Organization.
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Keywords: Brazil; Elderly; Pharmacoepidemiology; Rational drug use

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2009-01-01

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  • The Consultant Pharmacist® is the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. It is dedicated exclusively to the medication needs of the elderly in all settings, including adult day care, ambulatory care, assisted living, community, hospice, and nursing facilities. This award-winning journal is a member benefit of ASCP. Individuals who are not members and wish to receive The Consultant Pharmacist® will want to consider joining ASCP.
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