Draft criteria on medication use in older adults posted for public comment

The American Geriatrics Society has released an updated draft of its Beers criteria for potential inappropriate medication use in older adults and is calling for public comment.


The American Geriatrics Society has released an updated draft of its Beers criteria for potential inappropriate medication use in older adults and is calling for public comment.

The Beers criteria, which were last updated in 2003, list medications that may cause side effects linked to physiologic changes of aging. The most recent update examined three main areas:

  • potentially inappropriate medication use in older persons independent of diagnoses or conditions,
  • potentially inappropriate medication use in older persons due to drug-disease/syndrome interaction, and
  • drugs to be used with caution.

The draft criteria are available for review on the American Geriatrics Society website. The public comment period will be open until 5:00 p.m. ET on Nov. 28, 2011.