Sensible prescribing for older adults: illustrated cases
Older adults are especially vulnerable to adverse drug events leading to emergency hospitalisations. Clinicians
should aim to ensure the maximum benefit from medications and few adverse effects by avoiding excessive,
inappropriate or inadequate prescribing. Sensible prescribing for older people requires knowledge of guideline
based therapy, principles of safe prescribing, drug interactions and checking patient compliance in taking
medications correctly. Real case examples are provided here to allow application of these principles and to
highlight several important points in sensible prescribing for older people.
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