Seniors who receive care from home health agencies may be taking wrong drugs

Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Nov 30, 2011 in Nursing Homes and Elder Rights

HealthDay reported a study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine suggesting that nearly 40 percent of American seniors who receive medical care from a home health agency take at least one prescription drug that is potentially unsafe or ineffective for them, which is a rate nearly three times higher than for seniors who get their prescriptions when visiting a medical office.

Researchers used data from the 2007 National Home and Hospice Care Survey and also found that patients taking 15 or more medications were five to six times more likely to be prescribed potentially inappropriate medications than those taking seven or fewer drugs.

Of the patients taking at least one potentially inappropriate medication, 21 percent took 15 or more medications.

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