You may be at work on a Friday afternoon thinking about which brew pub you are going to visit after work or over the weekend, a pub where the list of beers may be pages long. You might spend several minutes perusing the characteristics and provenance of each beer and thinking about which beer(s) you are going to try. Are you thinking more about these kinds of beers than about Beers List medications? The Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults, commonly referred to as the Beers List, is a list of medications that should be avoided or used with caution in adults 65 years or older. It was originally published in 1991 and has been updated every 3 years since 2011, most recently in January 2019.1 While other lists of medications that may be problematic in elderly patients have been published, the Beers Criteria is the best known and most commonly used.
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DeRhodes KH. The Dangers of Ignoring the Beers Criteria—The Prescribing Cascade. JAMA Intern Med. Published online May 13, 2019179(7):863–864. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.1288
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