It’s important to consider the Beers Criteria not just when starting a medication, but also when presented with a patient who has been on the medication for many years.
Notable additions and changes include: Most prescribers have not received education or training in geriatrics, thus guidance resources, such as the AGS Beers Criteria, are important tools to assist them in providing the highest quality care possible to their older patients.
Todd Semla, MS, Pharm D, BCPS, FCCP, AGSF, is a clinical pharmacist with 35 years’ experience in geriatric pharmacotherapy. Pressures to reduce opioid analgesic prescribing has resulted in an increased use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories and acetaminophen.
He is co-chair of the AGS Beers Criteria panel and a past president of AGS. Semla is a senior editor of the Lexicomp Geriatric Dosage Handbook and co-author of Geriatrics at Your Fingertips. With this uptick in use of over-the-counter ibuprofen and acetaminophen, the addition of caff...
The increasing number of older adults requires clinicians to consider the unique care needs of geriatric patients — and that includes appropriate medication therapies.
Thirty years ago, there were very few geriatric specialists and no certification program in geriatric pharmacy.