088 Avoiding Inappropriate Prescribing in Aging and What to Know About the Beers Criteria

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In This Episode:

Dr. K talks with geriatrician Dr. Michael Steinman, Professor of Medicine at UCSF and an expert on medication safety in older adults. He recently served on the expert panel that authored the American Geriatrics Society 2019 Updated AGS Beers Criteria® for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults, which lists medications that older adults should avoid or use with caution. They discuss:

  • What is inappropriate prescribing and why it affects an estimated 50% of older adults
  • How ageism can affect medication prescribing
  • How inertia, hospitalizations, and other factors lead to medications accumulating
  • Why it s not safe to assume that all your medications are being prescribed for a good reason
  • How to be proactive about asking your health providers to review whether all medications are still necessary and appropriate
  • What is the Beer s Criteria list and how does the Expert Panel decide what should be on it
  • Why older adults become more vulnerable to medications as they age
  • Some key Beers Criteria medications older adults should know about
  • What you can do if you re taking a medication on the Beer s Criteria list
  • How pharmacists can help, and other tips on ensuring safer medication use in aging

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Related Resources:

(Note: To date, HealthinAging.org and the American Geriatrics Society have not made the full 2019 Beers Criteria available for free to the public. For a full list, an option is to purchase the pocketcard, which we link to below.)

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