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      American Geriatrics Society 2015 Updated Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults.

      By the American Geriatrics Society 2015 Beers Criteria Update Expert Panel

      Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

      Beers Criteria, Beers List, drugs, medications, older adults, polypharmacy

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          The 2015 American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Beers Criteria are presented. Like the 2012 AGS Beers Criteria, they include lists of potentially inappropriate medications to be avoided in older adults. New to the criteria are lists of select drugs that should be avoided or have their dose adjusted based on the individual's kidney function and select drug-drug interactions documented to be associated with harms in older adults. The specific aim was to have a 13-member interdisciplinary panel of experts in geriatric care and pharmacotherapy update the 2012 AGS Beers Criteria using a modified Delphi method to systematically review and grade the evidence and reach a consensus on each existing and new criterion. The process followed an evidence-based approach using Institute of Medicine standards. The 2015 AGS Beers Criteria are applicable to all older adults with the exclusion of those in palliative and hospice care. Careful application of the criteria by health professionals, consumers, payors, and health systems should lead to closer monitoring of drug use in older adults.

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          Journal
          J Am Geriatr Soc
          Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
          1532-5415
          0002-8614
          Nov 2015
          : 63
          : 11
          Article
          10.1111/jgs.13702
          26446832
          © 2015, Copyright the Authors Journal compilation © 2015, The American Geriatrics Society.

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