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Drug geriatrics

Outi Laatikainen, Sami Sneck, Risto Bloigu, Minna Lahtinen, Timo Lauri, Miia Turpeinen
Adverse drug events (ADEs) are more likely to affect geriatric patients due to physiological changes occurring with aging. Even though this is an internationally recognized problem, similar research data in Finland is still lacking. The aim of this study was to determine the number of geriatric medication-related hospitalizations in the Finnish patient population and to discover the potential means of recognizing patients particularly at risk of ADEs. The study was conducted retrospectively from the 2014 emergency department patient records in Oulu University Hospital...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Muhammad Irfan, Sumeira Rabel, Quratulain Bukhtar, Muhammad Imran Qadir, Farhat Jabeen, Ahmed Khan
Over the past few decades, tendency toward innovative drug delivery systems has majorly increased attempts to ensure efficacy, safety and patient acceptability. As discovery and development of new chemical agents is a complex, expensive and time consuming process, so recent trends are shifting toward designing and developing innovative drug delivery systems for existing drugs. Out of those, drug delivery system being very eminent among pediatrics and geriatrics is orally disintegrating films (ODFs). These fast disintegrating films have superiority over fast disintegrating tablets as the latter are associated with the risks of choking and friability...
September 2016: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
Jennifer L Schroeck, James Ford, Erin L Conway, Kari E Kurtzhalts, Megan E Gee, Krista A Vollmer, Kari A Mergenhagen
PURPOSE: Insomnia is problematic for older adults. After behavioral modifications fail to show adequate response, pharmacologic options are used. The pharmacokinetics of agents used to treat insomnia may be altered. This review focuses on the safety and efficacy of medications used to treat insomnia. METHODS: A literature search of Medline, PubMed, and Embase was conducted (January 1966-June 2016). It included systematic reviews, randomized controlled trials, observational studies, and case series that had an emphasis on insomnia in an older population...
October 14, 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
X Jégouzo, M Desbordes, S Delègue, G Le Vacon, M Patrick, S Mouchabac
OBJECTIVES: Behavioral and psychological symptoms have a high prevalence in dementia. They include mood disorders, psychotic disorders and behavioral disorders such as aggression or screaming. Despite a number of side effects and an increased mortality, antipsychotic drugs are widely prescribed for treatment of this disorder. In France, this increased risk of mortality led in 2009 to the adoption of guidelines concerning all antipsychotics. The guidelines propose a sensible use of antipsychotics after the establishment of non-pharmacological measures...
October 12, 2016: L'Encéphale
Lukshe Kanagaratnam, Moustapha Dramé, Jean-Luc Novella, Thierry Trenque, Clarisse Joachim, Pierre Nazeyrollas, Damien Jolly, Rachid Mahmoudi
OBJECTIVE: To identify risk factors for the occurrence of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) based on geriatric evaluation. DESIGN: Longitudinal prospective study from May 2010 to November 2011. SETTING: Dedicated acute geriatric care unit specializing in the management of patients with dementia syndrome (Alzheimer disease or related syndromes) at the University Hospital of Reims, France. PARTICIPANTS: Older patients with dementia syndrome (Alzheimer disease or related syndromes)...
September 1, 2016: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Zachary A Marcum, Nakia A Duncan, Una E Makris
Pharmacologic management of chronic pain in older adults is one component of the multimodal, interdisciplinary management of this complex condition. In this article, we summarize several of the key barriers to effective pharmacologic management in older adults and review the existing (albeit limited) evidence for its effectiveness and safety, especially in a medically complex population with multimorbidity. This review covers topical formulations, acetaminophen, oral nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs, and adjuvant therapies...
November 2016: Clinics in Geriatric Medicine
Pavel Weber, Hana Meluzínová, Dana Prudius, Katarína Bielaková
Polypharmacy is common in the elderly, especially in the late age (over 75 years). Usually it is closely related to the geriatric multi-morbidity. The authors highlight the medication used in the anticipated positive and potential negative potential. While physicians often must make difficult trade-offs between the guidelines on one hand and complicated multi-morbidity, on the other hand, while trying to avoid polypharmacy ( 5 drugs), especially excessive polypharmacy ( 10 drugs). Multimorbid elderly patients who are treated in accordance with guidelines typically use large amounts of medicaments...
2016: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
Eva Sönnerstam, Maria Sjölander, Maria Gustafsson
BACKGROUND: Older people are more sensitive to drugs and adverse drug reactions than younger people because of age-related physiological changes such as impaired renal function. As people with dementia are particularly vulnerable to the effects of drugs, it is especially important to evaluate the dosages of renally cleared medications in this group. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of impaired renal function and inappropriate prescriptions on the basis of renal function among older patients with dementia or cognitive impairment...
October 12, 2016: Drugs & Aging
Paola Ferri, Monica Silvestri, Cecilia Artoni, Rosaria Di Lorenzo
BACKGROUND: Workplace violence (WPV) against health professionals is a global problem with an increasing incidence. The aims of this study were as follows: 1) to examine the frequency and characteristics of WPV in different settings and professionals of a general hospital and 2) to identify the clinical and organizational factors related to this phenomenon. METHODS: The study was cross-sectional. In a 1-month period, we administered the "Violent Incident Form" to 745 professionals (physicians, head nurses, nurses, nursing assistants), who worked in 15 wards of a general hospital in northern Italy...
2016: Psychology Research and Behavior Management
G Blair Sarbacker, David V Espino, Robert C Wood, Sandra L Oakes, Dheeraj Anand, Kyriakos A Markides
AIM: Studies examining the association between mortality and anticholinergic burden in the geriatric population are conflicting and are absent in the Mexican American population. The present study aimed to determine whether higher anticholinergic burden increases mortality in a cohort representative of community-based older Mexican Americans in the USA. METHODS: This retrospective cohort database study used the Hispanic Established Populations for the Epidemiologic Study of the Elderly cohort...
October 10, 2016: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
Katelyn M Steele, Janelle F Ruisinger, Jessica Bates, Emily S Prohaska, Brittany L Melton, Stephanie Hipp
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of pharmacist-conducted, home-based comprehensive medication reviews (CMRs) on drug therapy problems (DTPs) in geriatric patients. DESIGN: Pre-/postintervention study. SETTING: Grocery store chain affiliated with three independent living facilities. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-five older adults using pharmacy delivery services for at least three chronic medications. INTERVENTION: A pharmacist conducted a home-based CMR for each participant...
2016: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
Tony Rosen, Sunday Clark, Elizabeth M Bloemen, Mary R Mulcare, Michael E Stern, Jeffrey E Hall, Neal E Flomenbaum, Mark S Lachs, Soumitra R Eachempati
INTRODUCTION: While geriatric trauma patients have begun to receive increased attention, little research has investigated assault-related injuries among older adults. Our goal was to describe characteristics, treatment, and outcomes of geriatric assault victims and compare them both to geriatric victims of accidental injury and younger assault victims. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective analysis of the 2008-2012 National Trauma Data Bank. We identified cases of assault-related injury admitted to trauma centers in patients aged ≥60 using the variable "intent of injury...
September 3, 2016: Injury
Sara Modig, Cecilia Lenander, Nina Viberg, Patrik Midlöv
BACKGROUND: There is an urgent need to improve patient safety in the area of medication treatment among the elderly. The aim of this study was to explore which improvement needs and strengths, relating to medication safety, arise from a multi-professional intervention in primary care and further to describe and follow up on the agreements for change that were established within the intervention. METHODS: The SÄKLÄK project was a multi-professional intervention in primary care consisting of self-assessment, peer-review, feedback and written agreements for change...
October 4, 2016: BMC Family Practice
Karen L Pellegrin, Les Krenk, Sheena Jolson Oakes, Anita Ciarleglio, Joanne Lynn, Terry McInnis, Alistair W Bairos, Lara Gomez, Mercedes Benitez McCrary, Alexandra L Hanlon, Jill Miyamura
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the association between a system of medication management services provided by specially trained hospital and community pharmacists (Pharm2Pharm) and rates and costs of medication-related hospitalization in older adults. DESIGN: Quasi-experimental interrupted time series design comparing intervention and nonintervention hospitals using a mixed-effects analysis that modeled the intervention as a time-dependent variable. SETTING: Sequential implementation of Pharm2Pharm at six general nonfederal acute care hospitals in Hawaii with more than 50 beds in 2013 and 2014...
October 7, 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
L Cortejoso, R A Dietz, G Hofmann, M Gosch, A Sattler
BACKGROUND: Inappropriate pharmacotherapy among older adults remains a critical issue in our health care systems. Besides polypharmacy and multiple comorbidities, the age-related pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic changes may increase the risk of adverse drug reactions and medication errors. OBJECTIVE: The main target of this study was to describe the characteristics of pharmaceutical interventions in two geriatric wards (orthogeriatric ward and geriatric day unit) of a general teaching hospital and to evaluate the clinical significance of the detected medication errors...
2016: Clinical Interventions in Aging
Daniel Sevilla-Sanchez, Núria Molist-Brunet, Jordi Amblàs-Novellas, Pere Roura-Poch, Joan Espaulella-Panicot, Carles Codina-Jané
PURPOSE: Adverse drug events (ADEs) lead to adverse clinical outcomes such as hospitalization. There is little information about the characteristics of ADEs in patients with advanced chronic conditions and have a prognosis of limited life expectancy. This study aimed to evaluate (i) the prevalence of ADEs at the time of admission to hospital, (ii) the causality, severity, and preventability of the ADEs, and (iii) the clinical and pharmacological characteristics associated with the ADEs...
October 4, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Kevin Ita
With the increasing proportion of the global geriatric population, it becomes obvious that neurodegenerative diseases will become more widespread. From an epidemiological standpoint, it is necessary to develop new therapeutic agents for the management of Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and other neurodegenerative disorders. An important approach in this regard involves the use of the transdermal route. With transdermal drug delivery systems, it is possible to modulate the pharmacokinetic profiles of these medications and improve patient compliance...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Drug Targeting
Guillemette Fouquet, Francesca Gay, Eileen Boyle, Sara Bringhen, Alessandra Larocca, Thierry Facon, Xavier Leleu, Antonio Palumbo
Multiple myeloma (MM) is a disease of the elderly, with a median age at diagnosis of approximately 70 years old, and more than 30 % of patients aged >75 years. This latter and very elderly population is going to significantly rise in the near future given the increase in life expectancy in Western countries, and, most importantly, global health status of elderly patients is improving, justifying appropriate treatments. Changes in treatment paradigm from the old melphalan-prednisone regimen used since the 1970s to its use as a backbone in a nontransplant setting since the late 1990s have highlighted different subgroups in elderly MM...
2016: Cancer Treatment and Research
Claire Schonheit, Hélène Le Petitcorps, Éric Pautas
: Proton pump inhibitors (PPI) are widely prescribed, particularly in elderly patients, and their side effects are underestimated. Recommendations of the french health authorities, some specific to the elderly, specify their indications. The main objective of this descriptive and prospective study was to assess in elderly patients the adequacy of PPI prescriptions to these recommendations and to the marketing authorization. METHODS: Analysis of all patients hospitalized in an acute geriatric unit over a period of 2 years for which the drug prescription on admission included a PPI...
September 29, 2016: Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement
Jean-Pierre Michel
Already in the 90s, Khachaturian stated that postponing dementia onset by five years would decrease the prevalence of the late onset dementia by 50%. After two decades of lack of success in dementia drug discovery and development, and knowing that worldwide, currently 36 million patients have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, a number that will double by 2030 and triple by 2050, the World Health Organization and the Alzheimer's Disease International declared that prevention of cognitive decline was a 'public health priority...
September 2016: Korean Journal of Family Medicine
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