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Use of Selected Psychotropic Drugs Among Seniors on Public Drug Programs in Canada, 2001 to 2010

Creator: Canadian Institute for Health Information

Geography: North America, Canada

Categories: Elderly/Aging Health, Pharmaceuticals

Tags: injuries, prescription drugs, seniors

Date: 2001-2010



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“This analysis will focus on the use of three psychotropic drug classes by seniors (people age 65 and older): benzodiazepines and related drugs, antidepressants and antipsychotics. These drug classes have been associated with an increased risk of falls, particularly when used by seniors. Unintentional falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospital admissions. The proportion of admissions caused by falls increases with age.”

“This analysis will look at the utilization of three selected psychotropic drug classes by using drug claims data from the National Prescription Drug Utilization Information System (NPDUIS) Database. Data from more than 1 million seniors in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island—the six provinces submitting drug claims data to the NPDUIS Database at the time of analysis—will be examined. The purpose of this analysis is to identify areas where the use of these drugs may be high or increasing, for further inivestigation. This analysis will not assess the relationship between the use of these drugs and unintentional falls. The period of analysis will be from 2001–2002 to 2009–2010 for Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia; and from 2004–2005 to 2009–2010 for P.E.I.”