Judith K. Jones, MD, PhD
Multiple drug use has been consistently associated with increased risk of adverse drug reactions in the elderly. However, the complex interaction of pharmacologic and patient risk factors makes it exceedingly difficult to assess the risk of any drug. A missing ingredient is reliable data on drug exposure and events. One solution is the computerized medical record, which has the potential for more complete data collection and may offer immediate feedback to the prescriber.
The two articles on drug prescribing and potential adverse drug reactions (ADRs) in the elderly, published in this issue of the Annals (1, 2), add to the
Jones JK. Assessing Potential Risk of Drugs: The Elusive Target. Ann Intern Med. ;117:691–692. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-117-8-691
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(8):691-692.
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