America’s Other Drug Crisis: Adverse Drug Events

April 03, 2019

Telligen Study Uses Medicare Claims to Understand Medication Use Patterns Among Seniors at High-Risk for Adverse Drug Events

While the opioid epidemic receives national attention, another less publicized drug crisis has been developing for decades — more senior citizens arriving in the ER due to adverse drug events (ADEs). The statistics on medication usage among the elderly are eye-opening — more than 40 percent of seniors are taking five or more drugs to manage multiple chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, COPD, and heart failure.1

While awareness of the problem isn’t new, prevention efforts have been hindered by the absence of a uniform national system for measuring and monitoring ADEs among seniors. A Telligen team of healthcare data analysts tackle this problem in the latest issue of Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy.

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