Drug Therapy in Elders: Clinical Tips- Pharmacist


  Credits  1.5

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Nearly 30% of older adults (aged 57-85) use 5 or more prescription medications concurrently – a key reason they are particularly susceptible to adverse drug events. Older adults are 4 to 7 times more likely than younger persons to experience adverse drug events that cause hospitalization. About 27% of the adverse drug events that occur in individuals 65 years of age or older are considered preventable. The use of medications in elders is complex, with many factors contributing to medication problems. Polypharmacy (or “polymedicine”) is a broad term that can include the use of unnecessary and/or potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs). Age-related pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic changes – in addition to coexisting conditions (including physical disability and cognitive impairment) – contribute to a higher risk of adverse drug events. There are also more subtle underlying factors. Older individuals are frequently excluded from pre-marketing clinical trials and, as a result, approved indications and doses for medications may not be applicable to this population. The usefulness of clinical practice guidelines may be limited as well, because they are often based on evidence from studies that excluded either all older adults or older adults with multiple coexisting conditions. This issue presents a brief update of age-related pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic considerations, drugs that should be avoided in older patients, and drugs that are likely to interfere with cognition and memory. Finally, you’ll find practical tips on drug therapy for several health conditions that are common in elders. Throughout, our goal is to provide you with practical tools you can use to optimize drug therapy for our elderly population.


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Course Information

Target Audience

Pharm/Nurse Drug Therapy

Knowledge Level

General Overview

This activity will apply to a broad range of learning needs/pharmacy settings. It may include common disease state/therapy overivews and/or general pharmacy needs such as medication errors, immunizations, or law topics.

Learning Objectives

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacist : 0428-0000-13-007-H01-P
PharmCon is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

PharmCon, Inc. is an approved course provider for continuing education for nurses by the Florida Board of Nursing. PharmCon is also recognized by the California Board of Nursing as a provider of nursing programs.

In order to obtain a Statement of Credit, attendees must answer poll questions where presented and complete a program evaluation. Attendees may immediately print their Statement of Credit or leave them stored on the website.

Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Network Requirements
    Broadband Internet Connection:
    T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
    4G cellular connection
Computer sharing is NOT permitted due to accreditation guidelines on activity monitoring. Credit is earned by one user per device.