Harmful medication prescribing to Canadian seniors costs $419M a year
More than one in three Canadian seniors fills a prescription for a risky medication that should be avoided in older patients, say researchers who estimate $419 million a year is spent on such drugs.
Many medications are appropriate to take before age 65, but as a person’s metabolism changes, the same drugs can become riskier compared with other available treatments, geriatricians say. Inappropriate prescribing among seniors can result in hospital admissions and increased risk of death.
Sedative hypnotics known as benzodiazepines, used to treat insomnia and anxiety disorders, are the most common medicine inappropriately prescribed to seniors.
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Courtesy, CBC News