Principles of Pharmacology

UMMS Affiliation

Meyers Primary Care Institute; Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine



Document Type

Book Chapter

Medical Subject Headings

Pharmacology; Aged; Drug Therapy; Geriatrics


Health Services Research | Primary Care


Summary: The proper use of medications represents one of the most crucial ways in which the practice of geriatric medicine differs from conventional medical care. Pharmacotherapy is probably the singly most important medical intervention in the care of elderly patients, and its appropriate implementation requires a special understanding of the unique pharmacologic properties of drugs in this population, as well as a grasp of the clinical, epidemiologic, sociocultural, economic, and regulatory aspects of medication use in aging.

Citation: Avorn J, Gurwitz JH, Rochon PA. Principles of Geriatric Pharmacology. In: Geriatric Medicine: An Evidence Based Approach, Fourth Edition. Cassel, Cohen, Larson, Meier, Resnick, Rubenstein, Sorense, eds: Springer-Verlag, New York, 2003.