Advanced Age and Medication Prescription: More Years, Less Medications? A Nationwide Report From the Italian Medicines Agency

Graziano Onder, Alessandra Marengoni, Pierluigi Russo, Luca Degli Esposti, Massimo Fini, Alessandro Monaco, Stefano Bonassi, Katie Palmer, Walter Marrocco, Giuseppe Pozzi, Diego Sangiorgi, Stefano Buda, Niccolò Marchionni, Federica Mammarella, Roberto Bernabei, Luca Pani, Sergio Pecorelli

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Abstract

Background: In older adults co-occurrence of multiple diseases often leads to use of multiple medications (polypharmacy). The aim of the present study is to describe how prescription of medications varies across age groups, with specific focus on the oldest old. Methods: We performed a cross-sectional study using 2013 data from the OsMed Health-DB database (mean number of medicines and defined daily doses prescribed in 15,931,642 individuals). There were 3,378,725 individuals age 65 years or older (21.2% of the study sample). Results: The mean number of prescribed medications progressively rose from 1.9 in the age group

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-172
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Medical Directors Association
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2016

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Keywords

  • End of life
  • Polypharmacy
  • Prescribing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Nursing(all)
  • Health Policy

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Onder, G., Marengoni, A., Russo, P., Degli Esposti, L., Fini, M., Monaco, A., Bonassi, S., Palmer, K., Marrocco, W., Pozzi, G., Sangiorgi, D., Buda, S., Marchionni, N., Mammarella, F., Bernabei, R., Pani, L., & Pecorelli, S. (2016). Advanced Age and Medication Prescription: More Years, Less Medications? A Nationwide Report From the Italian Medicines Agency. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 17(2), 168-172. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2015.08.009