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Editor's Correspondence
August 14, 2006

Represcription After Adverse Drug Reaction in the Elderly: A Descriptive Study

Arch Intern Med. 2006;166(15):1666-1667. doi:10.1001/archinte.166.15.1666

Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) frequently occur in hospitalized elderly patients.1 In geriatric medicine it is common practice to evaluate pharmacotherapy during hospitalization, often leading to interventions in general and interventions related to ADRs in specific. After discharge, the general practitioner (GP) takes over responsibility for the pharmacotherapeutic management of the patient. This requires adequate transfer of information to primary care about these interventions and the reasons for it. The objective of this study was to measure the rate of represcription of drug therapies discontinued because of an ADR.