Epidemiology of over-the-counter drug use in community dwelling elderly: United States perspective.

@article{Hanlon2001EpidemiologyOO,
  title={Epidemiology of over-the-counter drug use in community dwelling elderly: United States perspective.},
  author={Joseph T. Hanlon and Gerda G. Fillenbaum and Christine M Ruby and Sharon Gray and A. Bohannon},
  journal={Drugs & aging},
  year={2001},
  volume={18 2},
  pages={123-31}
}
Among US community dwelling individuals aged > or = 65 years, about as many persons take nonprescription drugs as take prescription drugs. A review of US data from the last 2 decades indicates that the average number of over-the-counter (OTC) drugs taken daily is around 1.8, but varies with geographical area (highest in the Midwest) and race/ethnicity (lowest use among Hispanics, followed by African Americans. and highest use among Whites). Use has consistently been found to be higher in women… CONTINUE READING

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