Who Cares About Those Elderly Anyway???
Reported in CBC News
Drugs killing thousands of seniors yearly
OTTAWA - A CBC News investigation reveals that Canadian seniors account for 44 per cent of adverse drug reactions causing death that are reported to Health Canada, even though they make up just 13 per cent of the population.
INDEPTH: Prescribed to Death - Seniors and drugs
CBC's analysis of Canada's adverse drug reaction database, obtained from Health Canada under Access to Information laws, suggests up to 16,500 elderly patients have died due to suspected drug reactions in the last five years.
"The way it's been calculated by CBC I think is quite cautious and is realistic," said Dr. Jim Wright, a clinical pharmacologist who studies the adverse effects of drugs. He's also the managing director of the Therapeutics Initiative at the University of British Columbia.
Older people are more vulnerable to drug reactions partly because they use more drugs than the general population. Seniors are also more vulnerable because they metabolize and excrete drugs more slowly."
But when drugs are being developed, they're rarely tested in seniors, so their effects can be a surprise, says Dr. Robyn Tamblyn, an epidemiologist and researcher at McGill University.
"When a drug is approved to come into the market, you're almost in an experimental situation when you're trying it out on people for which it was never tested," said Tamblyn.
Tamblyn says that in a given year, nearly one in 10 seniors who take drugs will have a reaction serious enough to put them in hospital......
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First it is the unborn child that is discarded.. now the elderly and handicapped....
Those claiming that Social Security doesn't need a fixin', I have a question:
Maybe you don't want to talk about YOUR plan to fix the problem because you don't foresee too many being around long enough to NEED Social Security for very long; am I on to something here?