GEORGE M. STEINBERG, PH.D.
To the editor: We would like to bring to the attention of the scientific research community the recently published report of a workshop on gerontologic pharmacology (1) and a National Institute on Aging Pharmacology Program announcement (2). The elderly have a greater incidence of adverse drug reactions and of interactions between drugs than do young adults. Altered patterns of drug distribution and responsivenesss have been reported in the elderly. Because drugs are generally tested in young adults and dosage adjusted to their needs, it is not surprising that the elderly may respond differently. Much research is needed to determine where
GEORGE M. STEINBERG. Gerontologic Pharmacology. Ann Intern Med. 1982;97:281. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-97-2-281_1
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