Bottom line: In adults over the age of 65, medications on the Beer’s list are associated with a small percentage of adverse drug event-related hospitalizations.
Summary: Budnitz DS, et al. Emergency hospitalizations for adverse drug events in older Americans. N Engl J Med. 2011; 365:2002-2012.
The Beer’s criteria (Arch Intern Med. 2003;163:2716-2724) were developed by group consensus and review by experts.
Review of data 2007-2009) from database of adverse event surveillance. RESULTS: Based on data in sample, there were estimated 99,628 hospitalizations for adverse events in US adults age 65+. Medications on the Beer’s criteria list of potentially inappropriate medications accounted for 6.6% of the hospitalizations, while 67% of the hospitalizations involved at least one of these medication classes: warfarin (33.3%), insulins (13.9%), oral antiplatelet agents (13.3%), and oral hypoglycemic agents (10.7%).