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‘America’s Other Drug Problem’: Copious Prescriptions For Hospitalized Elderly

Dominick Bailey sat at his computer, scrutinizing the medication lists of patients in the geriatric unit. A doctor had prescribed blood pressure medication for a 99-year-old woman at a dose that could cause her to faint or fall. An 84-year-old woman hospitalized for knee surgery was taking several drugs that were not meant for older patients because of their severe potential side effects

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