Certain medications are considered to be potentially inappropriate for use in older adults because the risks of these medications generally outweigh the benefits. Geriatrician Mark Beers is credited with compiling the first such list, which has undergone several revisions. The American Geriatrics Society released an updated revision in 2015 of these Beers criteria on potentially inappropriate medication use in older adults. This journal article is open access. The AGS now periodically updates these criteria. The geriatric clinician should be familiar with the Beers criteria.
Supplemental resources are also available as open access articles:
The STOPP criteria (Screening Tool of Older People's Potentially Inappropriate Prescriptions) are also widely used in screening medication regimens of older adults, especially in Europe. Version 2 was released in 2014. This article is also open access.