Updating the beers criteria for potentially
The second category includes medications that are potentially inappropriate for older people who have certain diseases or disorders because these drugs may exacerbate the specified health problems.
The third category includes medications to be used with caution in older adults.
The application of the Beers criteria and other tools for identifying potentially inappropriate medication use will continue to enable providers to plan interventions for decreasing both drug-related costs and overall costs and thus minimize drug-related problems.
Semla, MS, Pharm D, BCGP, FCCP, AGSF The American Geriatrics Society has updated the AGS Updated Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults.
While these medications may be associated with more risks than benefits in general, they may be the best choice for a particular individual if administered with caution.
The addition of this third category is important because it emphasizes that medications need to be tailored to the unique needs of each patient.
This program will present an overview of the updated 2018 criteria.
Learning objectives: (1) identify drugs to be avoided or used with caution in older adults; (2) describe the differences between the 2018 and the 2015 Beers Criteria; and (3) describe the application and intent of the Beers Criteria.
This study is an important update of previously established criteria that have been widely used and cited.These criteria include lists of medications in which the potential risks may be greater than the potential benefits for people 65 and older.By considering this information, practitioners may be able to reduce harmful side effects caused by such medications.The Beers Criteria are intended to serve as a guide for clinicians and not as a substitute for professional judgment in prescribing decisions.