There is a trend in the utilization of psychotropics among elderly towards recommended drugs.
2010 (English)In: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, ISSN 1053-8569, E-ISSN 1099-1557, Vol. 19, no 10, 1095-9 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
PURPOSE: To analyse trends in sales of potentially inappropriate psychotropic substances (PIPS) in relation to drugs recommended by Drug and Therapeutics Committees (DTC drugs) among 75-year olds and among individuals born 1925 in Sweden.
METHODS: Trends in sales of PIPS and DTC drugs among 75-year olds and among individuals born 1925 in Sweden during 2000-2008 were analysed with linear regression models. Sales were measured as defined daily doses per 1000 inhabitants and day. PIPS were defined according to a proposal from the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare. The selection of DTC drugs was based on a review of recommendations from local DTCs.
RESULTS: Among 75-year olds, PIPS sales decreased 38% and DTC drugs sales increased 31% from 2000 to 2008. The hypnotic PIPS decreased 45%, while the DTC hypnotics increased 36%. The total sales of PIPS to individuals born in 1925 decreased 12% from 2000 to 2008. The DTC drugs increased 115%. Sales of hypnotic PIPS decreased 12%, and the hypnotic DTC drugs increased 120%.
CONCLUSIONS: The findings indicate a trend towards the utilization of DTC drugs rather than PIPS.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 19, no 10, 1095-9 p.
drug utilization; elderly; Sweden; potentially inappropriate drugs; psychotropic drugs
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:norden:org:diva-3718DOI: 10.1002/pds.1967PubMedID: 20712025OAI: oai:DiVA.org:norden-3718DiVA: diva2:786348