Older nursing home residents and those with more severe psychiatric symptoms may receive more appropriate psychotropic prescriptions than others, a new study suggests.
Although only one state will require ePrescribing in the coming year, others contemplating a similar change will be watching the transition closely and possibly follow suit.
A report by the Food and Drug Administration found that individuals aged 65 to 69 years old take nearly 14 prescription medications per day, while individuals aged 80 to 84 take an average of 18 prescription medications. With so many older adults taking multiple medications, physicians must be careful and strategic about the medications they recommend.
Using mobile devices as part of medication management reduces the number of adverse drug events in nursing homes, according to a survey of physicians.
The stereotypical law student's first day is summed up as follows: Students think they are entering the field for the public good while their neighbors are in it for a hefty paycheck. A study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine indicates that medical students have a similar experience and found that while students and residents felt confident they could accept gifts from the pharmaceutical industry and remain unbiased, they couldn't say the same of their peers.