Beers Criteria

The Beers Criteria is a well-known list of medications that may be inappropriate for use in the elderly. The original Beers list was published in 1991, and the most recent version was published in 2012.

Prescribing decisions take into account a number of patient-specific variables, but many of the common signs of aging — such as falls, depression, confusion, incontinence — can be the result of adverse drug events. That’s why physicians are encouraged to consider a new symptom as a possible adverse drug event before treating it with a new medication.

For additional resources for medication use in the elderly, please visit these websites:

The Merck Manual of Geriatrics
The Silver Book
Medication Prescribing for Older Adults


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