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Jenny Albertson, NHA

Director of Quality & Regulatory Affairs

Beers List UPDATED

Know the latest recommendations for medications to avoid using in older adults (65+).

The American Geriatrics Society has released their 2023 update.  The AGS Beers Criteria®is an explicit list of Potentially Inappropriate Medications that are typically best avoided by older adults in most circumstances or under specific situations, such as in certain diseases or conditions.

Some highlights:

  • Aspirin – Consider deprescribing aspirin in older adults already taking it for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease.
  • Amitriptyline/Nortriptyline/Antidepressants with strong anticholinergic activity – Avoid use.
  • Benzodiazepines – Avoid use.
  • Sliding Scale Insulin – Avoid use.

Beers List Tables and Explanatory Article