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Editor's Correspondence
May 9, 2011

Reducing Drugs in Older Adults Is More

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Departments of Clinical Pharmacology and Aged Care, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia (Drs Gnjidic and Hilmer); Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia (Drs Gnjidic, Le Couteur, and Hilmer); Centre for Education and Research on Ageing, Concord Hospital, Sydney, Australia (Dr Le Couteur); and Food and Drug Administration, Maryland (Dr Abernethy).

Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(9):868-869. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.207

With great interest we read the article published by Garfinkel and Mangin1 on the systematic approach for discontinuation of medicines in older adults. The authors safely discontinued 311 medications across drug classes in 64 participants using the Good Palliative–Geriatric Practice (GP-GP) algorithm. The results will provide a very important evidence base for the practice of geriatric pharmacology.