Thursday, May 17, 2018

Older Canadian women are being overprescribed

Older women are being prescribed too many “risky” medications, new report suggests
When it comes to taking medication, older women are at a greater risk of suffering from adverse drug reactions than older men. Despite this, 54% of senior women in Canada were prescribed at least one “risky” and potentially inappropriate medication in 2016.

This was one of the major findings revealed in the report Drug Use Among Seniors in Canada2016, (PDF) released this morning by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

Scientific director of CIHR’s Institute of Gender and Health Dr. Cara Tannenbaum and CIHR-funded researcher Dr. James Silvius are available to speak about the findings of this report, and about the importance of developing non-drug therapies to ensure the safety and wellbeing of seniors in Canada.

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