Inappropriate Dosing in Elderly Emergency Department Patients

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From the Pharmacy Times:

ED providers often prescribe high-risk medications at supertherapeutic doses to older patients. Indeed, these medications are inherent to the treatment of common reasons for an ED visit, but dose sensitivity increases with advanced age. The addition of a pharmacist into the ED or the incorporation of high-priority ED medicine verification may avoid the administration of inappropriately high doses. Future prescriber education, such as pharmacist-led in-services, should focus on the importance of dose moderation in younger elderly patients.

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