Updating the beers criteria for potentially inappropriate

The updated 2015 Beers Criteria includes 3 new medications and 2 new medication classes, as well as 2 new completely new sections: 1.

Guidance on avoiding specific combinations of medications known to cause harmful drug– drug interactions. A list of medications for which dose adjustment may be necessary based upon decreased renal function.

These criteria apply to all elderly adults except those under palliative or hospice care.

It is important to remember that the medications listed in the Beers Criteria are considered potentially, not definitely, inappropriate for use in elderly patients.

This provides pharmacists with a specific intervention strategy aimed at decreasing adverse events, reducing inappropriate prescribing, and increasing mortality.

Abimbola Farinde, Pharm D, Ph D Faculty, Columbia Southern University Abimbola Farinde, Pharm D, Ph D is a member of the following medical societies: American College of Clinical Pharmacy, American Academy of HIV Medicine, American Pharmacists Association, Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

We thought it would be timely and relevant to comment on this updated quality measure for medication use.

In 2011, the AGS convened a panel of experts in geriatrics and pharmacotherapy to revise and expand the criteria, based on the latest research.

The society plans to update the AGS Beers Criteria every three years. Hartford Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help support the development and dissemination of the criteria to the broadest possible audience of clinicians.

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