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MATCH BEFORE YOU MIX
Jerry Jones, DDS, MD - Director, OMSNIC

 

According to prescription drug claims data from two large health plans, the frequency of drugdrug interactions (DDI) was estimated to be about 6.5%.1 Adverse drug reactions are the fourth leading cause of death in the US, ahead of pulmonary disease, diabetes, AIDS, and automobile deaths.2 A DDI occurs when one drug or a combination of drugs interacts or interferes with another, thus altering the intended effect of one or all of them. This interaction may decrease the therapeutic benefit or modulate the metabolism of a drug, resulting in an adverse effect and potential patient harm.

 

 

The Aging Population

Americans are living proportionately longer now more than ever before. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports “longer life spans and aging baby boomers will combine to double the population of Americans aged 65 years or older… to about 72 million; by 2030, older adults will account for roughly 20% of the U.S. population.”3 Although this group accounts for less than a quarter of the population, they reportedly consume 34% of all prescription medications and 30% of all OTC drugs used, with an average use of 4 or more prescriptions drugs concurrently.4 In comparison, 23% of Americans aged 18-24 take one prescription drug at a time.

 

 

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