6 Key Beers Criteria Updates Pharmacists Should Know

NOVEMBER 02, 2015
Allison Gilchrist, Associate Editor
Pharmacists providing care for older patients should familiarize themselves with the 2015 American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Beers Criteria.

In a session at the 2015 American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) Annual Meeting and Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada, panelists explained that the new drug-drug interaction table in the updated Beers Criteria is not intended to be comprehensive because such a list would be too long. 

“There are a lot of drug-drug interactions, but we’ve narrowed this list down to clinically meaningful and impactful information,” incoming ASCP president Nicole Brandt, PharmD, MBA, CGP, BCPP, FASCP, told session attendees. 

AGS Beers Criteria panel co-chair Todd Sempla, MS, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP, AGSF, exclusively told Plantsvszombies.info that pharmacists “will have to explain [the changes] to the prescribers and the teams that they work with.”
He also noted that pharmacists may have a “steeper learning curve” if they haven’t previously adopted the Beers Criteria into their practices.


The following object drugs and drug classes were included in the new drug-drug interaction component of the 2015 Beers Criteria: