I was going to write a post on pain management when this came through my email inbox:
The American Geriatrics Society is seeking public feedback on the draft AGS Updated Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults. It will accept public comments until 5pm on November 28, 2011.
The Criteria focus on:
1. Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Persons: Independent of Diagnoses or Conditions
2. Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Persons Due To Drug – Disease/ Syndrome Interaction
3. Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Persons: Drugs to be used with caution.
Check this out for more detail: http://www.americangeriatrics.org/health_care_professionals/ags_beers_criteria
The document is quite long. Skip to p. 11 if you wish. Realistically, it will be a challenge if all these medications need to be “avoided.” I do take issue when I see long-term prescriptions of benzos, certain pain meds, and the overuse of antipsychotics for behavioral management in individuals with dementia. What are your thoughts?