To compare the 2015 and 2019 AGS Beers Criteria of potentially inappropriate medications in the elderly.
American Geriatrics Society 2015 and 2019 Updated AGS Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication (PIM) Use in Older Adults published literature.
The literature was reviewed, compared, and summarized to identify pertinent changes and updates to the AGS Beers Criteria of PIMs in the elderly.
The AGS Beers Criteria contains a list of potentially inappropriate medications that should be used with caution, avoided, notable drug-drug interactions, and drugs that should be dose-adjusted based on kidney function in the older adult. The updated AGS Beers Criteria also includes removal of medications that are no longer sold in the United States, have a low usage rate, provide low evidence of harm, and/or the potential harm is not unique to the older adult.
The AGS Beers Criteria is intended to improve and optimize the care of the geriatric population. It serves as a guide to minimize older adults’ exposure to PIMs whenever possible. As with previously published updates to the AGS Beers Criteria, the 2019 update outlines the following: recommendations, rationale, and quality of the recommendations, as well as the strength of the recommendations.