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Journal Article
Review

Adverse health events related to self-medication practices among elderly: a systematic review.

Locquet M, Honvo G, Rabenda V, et al. Drugs & aging. 2017;34:359-365.

This narrative review examined the incidence of adverse symptoms arising from self-administration of over-the-counter medications and formerly prescribed medications among older adults. The literature suggests that self-administration of medications is common and often leads to adverse drug events. The authors call for prospective studies to better characterize this patient safety issue.