Adverse drug reactions and unintended overdoses account for 99,628 of U.S. hospitalizations of individuals 65 years and older, according to a study conducted by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control. Nearly 50% of those individuals were 80 years old and older.
The study was conducted over the period 2007 to 2009 using 5077 hospitalizations. Nearly two thirds of hospitalizations were due to unintentional overdoses (65.7%.1 to 71.3) in older adults.
Four commonly used medications, such as diabetes pills and blood thinners, were implicated alone or in combination in 67% of hospitalizations. The four drugs were:
- Warfarin (33.3%)
- Insulin (13.9%)
- Oral antiplatelet agents (13.3%)
- Oral hypoglycemic agents (10.7%)
High-risk medications, such as opiate painkillers, were implicated in only 1.2% of hospitalizations.
These findings suggest that better medication management, especially for those with chronic diseases, can lead to a reduction in very costly emergency room visits by older adults.
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