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Five new drugs that are used for medical problems often encountered in the elderly have been selected for consideration in this review. The uses and most important properties of these agents are considered, and a rating for each new drug is determined using the New Drug Comparison Rating (NDCR) system developed by the author. In the NDCR system, a rating from 1 to 5 (5 being the highest rating) is assigned for each new drug. The rating is based on a comparison of the new drug with related drugs already marketed. Advantages, disadvantages, and other important information regarding the new drug are identified and used as the basis for determining the rating.
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Keywords: A1C = Glycosylated hemoglobin; AF = Atrial fibrillation; ARB = Angiotensin II receptor blocker; Acute coronary syndrome; Anticoagulant; Antidepressant; Antidiabetic agent; Antihypertensive; Antiplatelet; Azilsartan medoxomil; Bleeding; Blood pressure; CABG = Coronary artery bypass graft; CV = Cardiovascular; DPP-4 = Dipeptidyl peptidase-4; DVT = Deep vein thrombosis; Diabetes; GIP = Glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide; GLP-1 = Glucagon-like peptide-1; Linagliptin; MAOI = Monoamine oxidase inhibitor; MI = Myocardial infarction; Myocardial infarction; NDCR = New Drug Comparison Rating; NMS = Neuroleptic malignant syndrome; NSAID = Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug; P-gp = P-glycoprotein; PCI = Percutaneous coronary intervention; PE = Pulmonary embolism; Replacement surgery; Rivaroxaban; SNRI = Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor; SSRI = Selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitor; STEMI = ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction; Selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitor; Ticagrelor; VTE = Venous thromboembolic event; Venous thromboembolic events; Vilazodone hydrochloride

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-04-01

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