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AGS Releases Proposed 2018 Beers Criteria Update

August 15, 2018

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) has released and opened a public comment period for its draft of the 2018 Update to the AGS Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults. The Beers Criteria continues to be one of the most frequently cited reference tools in geriatrics, detailing certain types of medications that may be inappropriate to prescribe to older adults. 

The interprofessional panel of geriatrics experts responsible for the AGS Beers Criteria, identified over 40 potentially problematic medications of classes of medications for their proposed 2018 update. The panel organized the medications across 5 different lists.

Potentially inappropriate medications for most older adults or for those with specific health conditions were categorized into 2 draft lists. Certain medications that should be used only with considerable caution were placed into one draft list. The panel also placed specific medication combinations that may lead to harmful “drug-drug” interactions into one list. Finally, certain medications that should be avoided or dosed differently for older adults with poor kidney function were placed into a single draft list.

The first revision to the Beers Criteria was in 2012, one year after AGS assumed responsibility for maintaining the resource, and the last update to the AGS Beers Criteria was in 2015.

AGS provided a preview of the 2018 update during the AGS Annual Meeting at which time they anticipated the 2018 version to be released in May or June of 2018.

The public comment period will close at 5PM on September 4, 2018, and the AGS expert panel will review the comments in order to complete the final version of the AGS 2018 Updated Beers Criteria, which is expected to be released during the fall. Comments for the proposed update can be submitted on the AGS website.

Julie Gould

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