“Older Americans Are Awash in Antibiotics”

Older Americans Are Awash in Antibiotics,” by Paula Span, New York Times

“Patients over age 65 have the highest rate of outpatient prescribing of any age group. A new C.D.C. study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, points out that doctors write enough antibiotic prescriptions annually — nearly 52 million in 2014 — for every older person to get at least one.

Because the researchers used a national pharmacy database that tracked only outpatients, the study likely underestimates the problem.”

LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):

That’s not the only problem. Our next clipping highlights adverse drug effects on older Americans.