STOPP/START Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Prescribing in Older People

Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) in older people currently represent a serious and growing public health problem. Polypharmacy and inappropriate prescribing (IP) are wellknown risk factors for ADRs, which commonly cause adverse clinical outcomes in older people IP encompasses potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) and potential prescribing omissions (PPOs). STOPP/START criteria for potential IP in older people recognise the dual nature of IP by including a list of PIMs (STOPP criteria) and PPOs (START criteria). Continue reading

Comparative Efficacy and Safety of the Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARBs)

The appearance of angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) amongst the therapeutic options in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) was a new milestone in the history of hypertension treatment. It further widened the range of possibilities for personalized therapy, especially for patients who cannot tolerate the use of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs). Continue reading