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Emergency hospitalizations of elderly often tied to key medications
Modern Healthcare

A handful of commonly prescribed drugs are responsible for two-thirds of emergency hospitalizations among older adults, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Using three years of data from 58 hospitals participating in an adverse drug-event surveillance project, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified four high-risk blood thinners and diabetes medications that account for a disproportionate share of serious events such as overdoses.