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Study highlights seniors’ high risk for disability, death, and illness from medication-related problems

Adverse drug reactions alone are between the 4th and 6th leading causes of death for individuals 65 and older in the United States. Medication-related problems can be categorized into eight categories: untreated conditions; drug use without indications; improper drug selection; subtherapeutic dosage; overdosage; drug interactions; failure to receive medication; and adverse drug reactions.

The study showed that seniors are affected by medication-related problems by causing, aggravating, or contributing to common and costly geriatric problems.

For the full study report.