Older Australians are over medicated

Older Australians are being over prescribed with psychotropic medications, according to a University of Queensland research team of psychiatrists and public health experts.

The study looked at the financial cost of the drugs - $702 million in 2007 – 2008 and potential health affects they could have on patients.

“This issue is of growing concern, given the increasing size of the elderly population and the greater vulnerability of older people to adverse effects of drugs and to interactions from multiple drugs that are often being prescribed,” said Associate Professor Gerard Byrne, UQ’s Head of Psychiatry.

Read more at The University of Queensland

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