A study conducted by PLOS ONE journal revealed that one in five medications taken by people 65 or older were prescribed inappropriately by outpatient clinics, general office practices, and other primary health care facilities. Seniors suffered from being prescribed prescriptions that were completely wrong, at a dosage too high, or at a dosage too low. Wrong prescriptions or wrong dosages could lead to serious adverse reactions.
The study revealed that the percentage of inappropriate prescriptions given to people older than 65 was 20.5 percent. Moreover, approximately one-third of the patients developed serious negative reactions and side effects to the medications prescribed. Some of the most common prescriptions inappropriately prescribed were propoxyphene, a pain reliever, doxazosin, an antihypertensive, diphenhydramine, an antihistamine, and amitriptiline, an antidepressant. Research shows that as the body ages, the kidney and liver functions have a harder time processing medications; therefore, some adverse reactions could be avoided if alternative lower-risk medications were prescribed.
In the ten years from 1999 to 2009, prescription medication purchases increased by 39 percent even though the population only increased by nine percent. Due to the increase in need and demand for prescriptions, the study recommends a computerized support system to keep physicians accountable in prescribing medications.
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