‘America’s Other Drug Problem’: Copious Prescriptions For Hospitalized Elderly

(By Anna Gorman for Kaiser Health News)

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Dominick Bailey sat at his computer, scrutinizing the medication lists of patients in the geriatric unit.

A doctor had prescribed blood pressure medication for a 99-year-old woman at a dose that could cause her to faint or fall. An 84-year-old woman hospitalized for knee surgery was taking several drugs that were not meant for older patients because of their severe potential side effects. Continue reading article here…….

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