March 14, 2014
Drug Combos May Negate Benefits in Elderly
the MPR take:
With 75% of older adults suffering from multiple chronic conditions, the potential for drug interaction is great in this population. According to a recent study, 1 in 5 elderly Americans are taking medications that are interfering with or worsening one of their health conditions. The research, published in the journal PLOS ONE, looked at 5,815 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey responses and found that 22.6% of respondents were receiving at least one medication that could worsen a coexisting condition. The authors recommend that future pharmacological research examine harm and benefits to diseases, including common co-existing conditions.
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