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Medical News & Perspectives
August 12, 2009

Common Drugs Can Harm Elderly Patients

JAMA. 2009;302(6):614-615. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1116

Chicago—Every year in the United States, tens of millions of prescriptions are dispensed and billions are spent for antithrombotic medications and acid-suppressing drugs. Both generally are considered safe and highly effective when used as indicated. But new studies add to growing evidence that elderly patients can be at particular risk of such complications as upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract bleeding from combination antithrombotic therapy or hip fracture from prolonged use of acid suppressors.

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