High-Risk Medications Among Medicare Advantage Plans vs Traditional Medicare Plans

The number of medications prescribed to treat long-term chronic conditions is rapidly increasing in the United States. Though the exact figures are staggered across various studies and research, the universal concept is a significant increase in polypharmacy and medications prescribed per person. A study by Merck Pharmaceuticals suggests nearly 40% of geriatric populations regularly take […]

FDA Approves First Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Vaccine

After years of strenuous research and development the FDA finally approved Arexvy; the first vaccine against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Adults 60 years or older may now receive a single dose of the vaccine after consulting with their physician, as recommended by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) immunization advisory committee. Arexvy […]

CMS announces new details of plan to cover new Alzheimer’s drugs

After years of advancements by the Alzheimer’s association and other foundations that help fight Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finally drafted and submitted a plan to cover new Alzheimer’s medications. Though the changes are a step towards the right direction, the plan requires many obstacles and makes it […]

Efficacy and safety of laxatives for chronic constipation in long-term care settings: A systematic review

Constipation is a common disorder in long-term care patients and can occur as it’s own bowel disorder or due to common medications such as anticholinergic agents or opioid pain medications. Previous research has shown that approximately 75% of long-term care patients are chronically taking at least one medication that can cause constipation. Bowel regimens are […]

Pfizer, BioNTech to Pursue Second Booster Shot Authorization for Older Adults

COVID-19 mRNA vaccine makers Pfizer and BioNTech are requesting authorization of a second booster shot, or fourth dose, for adults aged 65 and older. They claim that it will be necessary to improve the potential waning protection in the face of variants, putting seniors and immunocompromised populations at an increased risk of COVID-19 infection over […]

Switching to Over-the-Counter Availability of Rescue Inhalers for Asthma

This article discusses the process by which rescue inhalers, inhaled corticosteroids + long acting B2-agonists or B2 agonists alone, could become available to patients over-the-counter (OTC). Although some may be unaware, there is currently an epinephrine inhaler (Primatene Mist) that is already available OTC. This inhaler has been previously discontinued by the Food and Drug […]

A call for solutions for healthy aging through a systems-based, equitable approach to obesity

According to an article published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society, many adults 60 years of age and older in the US, deal with obesity as a barrier to aging well. Being obese can lead to complications in life such as mental health problems, an increased risk of falling, a nursing home admission, and […]

Geriatric Guideline Implementation Remains Unrealistic in Most EDs

Failure to identify the presence of delirium in a geriatric patient during an emergency room visit can significantly increase these patients’ 6-month mortality rate. This article goes on to discuss important issues regarding the care of our geriatric patients in this setting, such as falls and polypharmacy. These aspects of care can be easily overlooked […]

Trial of Intensive Blood-Pressure Control in Older Patients with Hypertension

Hypertension is a risk factor for cardiovascular events, including coronary heart disease, stroke, and heart failure. The findings of studies in the past led the 2017 ACC/AHA Hypertension Guidelines to lower the blood pressure threshold from 140/90 mmHg to 130/80 mmHg. In addition, the guidelines recommend initiating antihypertensives in patients with a blood pressure between […]

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