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Four common meds send thousands of seniors to hospital
USA Today

An estimated 100,000 older Americans are hospitalized for adverse drug reactions yearly, and most of those emergencies stem from four common medications, a new study finds. The four types of medication — two for diabetes and two blood-thinning agents — account for two-thirds of those drug-related emergency hospitalizations. “Of the thousands of medications available to older patients, a small group of blood thinners and diabetes medications caused a high proportion of emergency hospitalizations for adverse drug events among elderly Americans,” said lead study author Dr. Daniel Budnitz, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s medication safety program.

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