Prevalence of concurrent use of anticholinergic drugs in a geriatric pharmaceutical assistance program

R. Kruzelock, D. Lago, V. Rabatin, J. Roberts, Frank Martin Ahern

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Abstract

The elderly may run a special risk of anticholinergic drug toxicity due to polypharmacy. A 30% sample of the prescription records of 330,000 elderly individuals enrolled in the Pennsylvania Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE) Program during the 1985-86 year were analyzed for the prevalence of concurrent use of anticholinergic drugs by residential status, age, sex, and medicine use. A total of 393 generic drugs and generic drug compounds with anticholinergic properties were identified in 31 therapeutic categories (AHFS) accounting for 547 drug product names. Anticholinergic drugs constitute 8.8% of PACE claims volume. There were 6,703 persons, 8.7% of the community sample and 20% of the nursing home sample, that used two or more anticholinergic drugs. Total medicine use was the strongest predictor of concurrent anticholinergic use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-54
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Geriatric Drug Therapy
Volume5
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 1990

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Cholinergic Antagonists
Geriatrics
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Generic Drugs
Contracts
Medicine
Polypharmacy
Nursing Homes
Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions
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Prescriptions

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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Kruzelock, R., Lago, D., Rabatin, V., Roberts, J., & Ahern, F. M. (1990). Prevalence of concurrent use of anticholinergic drugs in a geriatric pharmaceutical assistance program. Journal of Geriatric Drug Therapy, 5(2), 41-54.
Kruzelock, R. ; Lago, D. ; Rabatin, V. ; Roberts, J. ; Ahern, Frank Martin. / Prevalence of concurrent use of anticholinergic drugs in a geriatric pharmaceutical assistance program. In: Journal of Geriatric Drug Therapy. 1990 ; Vol. 5, No. 2. pp. 41-54.
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Kruzelock, R, Lago, D, Rabatin, V, Roberts, J & Ahern, FM 1990, 'Prevalence of concurrent use of anticholinergic drugs in a geriatric pharmaceutical assistance program', Journal of Geriatric Drug Therapy, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 41-54.

Prevalence of concurrent use of anticholinergic drugs in a geriatric pharmaceutical assistance program. / Kruzelock, R.; Lago, D.; Rabatin, V.; Roberts, J.; Ahern, Frank Martin.

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