Potentially inappropriate prescribing among Australian veterans and war widows/widowers

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This study examined the extent of potentially inappropriate medicine, as defined by explicit criteria, dispensed to Australian veterans using the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Pharmacy Claims database. Twenty-one per cent of the 192 363 veterans aged 70 years, with an eligible gold card, were dispensed at least one potentially inappropriate medicine in the first 6 months of 2005. Long-acting benzodiazepines, amitriptyline, amiodarone, oxybutynin and doxepin were the medicines most commonly implicated. Strategies to support quality prescribing of medicines to the elderly must include a focus on these medicines.

Keywords: Beers criteria; adverse drug event; elderly; potentially inappropriate medicine; prescribing

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1445-5994.2007.01316.x

Affiliations: Sansom Institute, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia

Publication date: June 1, 2007

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