Updating the beers criteria for potentially inappropriate medication
This is essentially an extensive list of “potentially inappropriate medications” that should be avoided or used with caution, when it comes to the health care of adults aged 65 and older.
About “potentially inappropriate” medications in older adults “Potentially inappropriate” means that in most older adults, the likely risks of using the medication outweigh the likely benefits, especially when compared with other available treatment options.
Since 2011, the process of reviewing and updating the list has been overseen by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), which published updates in 2012, 2015, and most recently, in January of 2019.
Technically, it’s “The AGS Beers Criteria® for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults.” The 2019 update is here.
It’s important to know that just because a medication is “potentially inappropriate,” this does not mean that it’s always “wrong” to prescribe it to an older person.