Category: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Keywords: older adult, adverse drug event, ade, elderly, warfarin (PubMed Search)
A recent article estimated 100,000 emergency hospitalizations for adverse drug events in U.S. adults 65 years of age or older each year. Nearly half of these hospitalizations were among adults ≥80 years old and two-thirds were due to unintentional overdoses.
Four medications or medication classes were implicated alone or in combination in 67% of hospitalizations:
Opioids were #5. Digoxin was #7 and resulted in the highest percentage of hospitalizations per ED visit at 80%.
Budnitz DS, et al. Emergency hospitalizations for adverse drug events in older Americans. N Engl J Med 2011;365:2002-12.