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Strategies to reduce inappropriate drug use and reduce ADRS in older adults is the focus of this UPMC presentation by pharmacist, Joseph Hanlon.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify inappropriate drug use measures, prevalences, and "Clinimetric" properties
  • Outline strategies to improve inappropriate drug use and reduce ADRS in older adults

Reading Resources:

  1. Prevalence of Potentially Preventable Unplanned Hospitalizations Caused by Therapeutic Failures and Adverse Drug Withdrawal Events Among Older Veterans. Marcum ZA, Pugh MJ, Amuan ME, Aspinall SL, Handler SM, Ruby CM, Hanlon JT. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2012 Mar 1.
  2. Reconsideration of key articles regarding medication-related problems in older adults from 2011. Thorpe CT, Lassila HC, O'Neil CK, Thorpe JM, Hanlon JT, Maher RL Jr. Am J Geriatr Pharmacother. 2012 Feb;10(1):2-13. doi: 10.1016/j.amjopharm.2012.01.004.
  3. Age-Related Changes in Antidepressant Pharmacokinetics and Potential Drug-Drug Interactions: A Comparison of Evidence-Based Literature and Package Insert Information. Boyce RD, Handler SM, Karp JF, Hanlon JT. Am J Geriatr Pharmacother. 2012 Jan 27.


Joseph Hanlon has no relevant relationships with any entities producing healthcare goods or services.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.05) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 0.5 contact hours.

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Release Date: 6/28/2012 | Last Modified On: 6/28/2012 | Expires: 6/27/2013

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