Changes in drug prescribing to Italian community-dwelling elderly people: The EPIFARM-Elderly Project 2000-2010

Carlotta Franchi, Mauro Tettamanti, Luca Pasina, Codjo Djade Djignefa, Ida Fortino, Angela Bortolotti, Luca Merlino, Alessandro Nobili

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Abstract

Purpose: To investigate the changes in the last decade (2000-2010) in drug prescribing among community-dwelling elderly people aged 65-94 years, in relation to age and sex. Methods: We analyzed the data of nearly two million subjects ranging in age from 65 to 94 years recorded in the Drug Administrative Database of the Lombardy Region (Italy) from 2000 to 2010. Associations between drug use (at least one drug, one chronic drug, polypharmacy or chronic polypharmacy) and age, sex, and year of prescription were analyzed by logistic regression analysis. We also analyzed differences in changes linked to sex and age. Results: Between 2000 and 2010, the prescriptions of at least one drug or one chronic drug increased by 2 % (from 88.0 to 90.3 %; p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-443
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Volume70
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Drug utilization
  • Elderly
  • Polypharmacy
  • Trend

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Pharmacology
  • Medicine(all)

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