Adverse Drug Reactions Responsible for Nearly 100K Acute Hospitalizations in Elderly

November 28, 2011
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Posted in Pharma & Devices

This item comes as no surprise to those of us who primarily treat the elderly.

According to researchers, nearly 100,000 hospitalizations every year are linked to adverse drug events such as allergic reactions and unintentional overdoses. Nearly half, or 48.1 percent, of those hospitalized were adults 80 years old or older.

Posted in Pharma & Devices

This item comes as no surprise to those of us who primarily treat the elderly.

According to researchers, nearly 100,000 hospitalizations every year are linked to adverse drug events such as allergic reactions and unintentional overdoses. Nearly half, or 48.1 percent, of those hospitalized were adults 80 years old or older.

Those agents? Insulin, older generation anti-diabetic drugs (oral), aspirin, and warfarin. It is quite true — and as equally disturbing — that these medications are not only responsible for discrete adverse drug reactions in their own right, but their pharmacological behaviors are responsible for a substantial number of interactions whose iterative clinical manifestations are truly logarithmic in scope. | LINK |Abstract LINK

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