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American adults age 65 and older use 1/3 of all prescription medications.

Semla T, Rochon P. Pharmacotherapy. New York, NY: American Geriatrics Society; 2006. http://www.geriatricsreviewsyllabus.org/content/indexprog.htm

Reference

Title
Pharmacotherapy
Publication
Geriatric Review Syllabus: A Core Curriculum in Geriatric Medicine
Publisher
American Geriatrics Society
Publication Date
2006
Authors
Semla T, Rochon P
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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