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Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2005 Sep 17;149(38):2099-103.

[The Beers List as an aid to prevent adverse drug reactions in elderly patients].

[Article in Dutch]

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Universitair Medisch Centrum Utrecht, Divisie Interne Geneeskunde en Dermatologie, Zorgeenheid Geriatrie, huispostnr. Bo5.256, Postbus 85.500, 3508 GA Utrecht.


Elderly patients are highly susceptible for developing adverse drug reactions (ADR) that can lead to hospitalisation or death. Most of these ADR can be prevented if doctors adjust their prescriptions. Beers et al. have developed a list of drugs that should not be prescribed to elderly patients since they are known for their association with serious ADR. In The Netherlands, 20% of elderly patients receive drugs that are in the so-called Beers list. Although the Beers list has not been adjusted to the Dutch situation, avoidance of these drugs may reduce drug-related hospital admittance. Development of an improved list of drugs that should not be prescribed to elderly patients is needed that is applicable to The Netherlands.

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