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Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica

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OSCANOA, Teodoro J. Safe use of medications among elderly people: A checklist. Rev. perú. med. exp. salud publica [online]. 2013, vol.30, n.2, pp.320-325. ISSN 1726-4634.

Elderly people are particularly vulnerable to adverse drug reactions (ADR) due to polypathology and polypharmacy and the changes in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of medications induced by aging. It is very important to evaluate the safety aspects and appropriate use of medications in this population. For this purpose, a checklist is proposed consisting of a list of medications (including herbal medicine), detecting and treating geriatric syndromes induced by medications, overprescription, unprescription and underprescription; measuring and treating drug adhesion, measuring parameters for geriatric posology, preventing adverse reactions due to inadequate drug recalls, evaluating aging people’s capacity to take their medications and using the minimum datasheet regarding the medication prescribed to the patient. This checklist is developed based on validated instruments. It is a proposal which application in the outpatient and inpatient context is possible and feasible.

Keywords : Drug prescriptions; Drug evaluation; Frail elderly.

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