Use of Avoidable Medications in the Elderly

Use of Avoidable Medications in the Elderly

This indicator data reveals the number of citizens aged 75 and older who have purchased prescription medications from pharmacies during the year that are recommended to be avoided in the Meds75+ database (database category D: "Avoid use in older persons. Risk of adverse effects typically exceeds the benefits. Can be used only in exceptional cases."). When interpreting these figures, it should be noted that different years are not entirely comparable due to changes in both the source register and regional classification, as well as the continuous updating work of the Meds75+ database and any potential changes in the classification of medications between different years.

In 2022, in the entire country and in most well-being regions, over one-third of elderly individuals were using medications recommended for avoidance. The use of medications recommended for avoidance can itself increase the risks associated with medication therapy and the need for healthcare resources without providing clear additional benefits for health. However, recommendations do impact patients' medication therapy with a delay, especially among long-term medication users.

Use of Avoidable Medications in the Elderly, Well-being regions

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Use of Avoidable Medications in the Elderly in Finland and by well-being region 2020-2022
Well-being regions Sort the table ascending by the column Users 2020 Sort the table ascending by the column Population 2020 Sort the table ascending by the column Percentage % 2020 Sort the table ascending by the column Users 2021 Sort the table ascending by the column Population 2021 Sort the table ascending by the column Percentage % 2021 Sort the table ascending by the column Users 2022 Sort the table ascending by the column Population 2022 Sort the table ascending by the column Percentage % 2022 Sort the table ascending by the column
THE ENTIRE COUNTRY 200392 585964 34,2 210565 615966 34,2 220478 645718 34,1
Varsinais-Suomi 19840 54080 36,7 19837 57201 34,7 21075 60111 35,1
Satakunta 9845 28720 34,3 10120 29913 33,8 10546 31239 33,8
Kanta-Häme 6966 20524 33,9 7095 21631 32,8 7761 22749 34,1
Pirkanmaa 18489 54663 33,8 19384 57629 33,6 20241 60591 33,4
Päijät-Häme 8967 26119 34,3 9385 27550 34,1 9850 28871 34,1
Kymenlaakso 8364 22488 37,2 9071 23305 38,9 9425 24318 38,8
South Karelia 5745 17220 33,4 6380 17839 35,8 6435 18504 34,8
South Savo 6457 20303 31,8 7063 21000 33,6 7318 21849 33,5
North Savo 10519 29760 35,3 11015 30978 35,6 11400 32195 35,4
North Karelia 7222 20196 35,8 7573 21265 35,6 7898 22182 35,6
Central Finland 10231 30001 34,1 10855 31393 34,6 11263 32983 34,1
South Ostrobothnia 7667 23680 32,4 8440 24672 34,2 8845 25679 34,4
Ostrobothnia 6155 20494 30,0 6890 21501 32,0 7214 22236 32,4
Central Ostrobothnia 2699 7512 35,9 2934 7889 37,2 3067 8347 36,7
North Ostrobothnia 11970 37684 31,8 12846 39665 32,4 13315 41450 32,1
Kainuu 3577 9787 36,5 3739 10063 37,2 3847 10382 37,1
Lapland 6349 20652 30,7 6515 21575 30,2 6862 22538 30,4
Eastern Uusimaa 3356 10009 33,5 3484 10687 32,6 3678 11270 32,6
Central Uusimaa 5960 16522 36,1 6203 17823 34,8 6485 18964 34,2
Western Uusimaa 13284 38302 34,7 13975 41151 34,0 14938 43809 34,1
Vantaa-Kerava 6680 19240 34,7 7019 20707 33,9 7492 22086 33,9
Helsinki 18461 54368 34,0 19203 57071 33,6 19873 59712 33,3
Åland Islands 1115 3284 34,0 1131 3458 32,7 1220 3653 33,4

Use of Avoidable Medications in the Elderly, 1. taulukon kuvausteksti

Table 1. The percentage of the population aged 75 and older (at least 75 years old at the end of the respective year) who have used class D medications from Fimea's Meds75+ database, starting from 2020, for the entire country and by well-being regions. Source: Kela, Kanta services Prescription Center.

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Use of Avoidable Medications in the Elderly, Hospital districts

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Use of Avoidable Medications in the Elderly in Finland and by Hospital District 2015-2019
Hospital districts Sort the table ascending by the column Users 2015 Sort the table ascending by the column Population 2015 Sort the table ascending by the column Percentage % 2015 Sort the table ascending by the column Users 2016 Sort the table ascending by the column Population 2016 Sort the table ascending by the column Percentage % 2016 Sort the table ascending by the column Users 2017 Sort the table ascending by the column Population 2017 Sort the table ascending by the column Percentage % 2017 Sort the table ascending by the column Users 2018 Sort the table ascending by the column Population 2018 Sort the table ascending by the column Percentage % 2018 Sort the table ascending by the column Users 2019 Sort the table ascending by the column Population 2019 Sort the table ascending by the column Percentage % 2019 Sort the table ascending by the column
THE ENTIRE COUNTRY 127073 515333 24,7 125552 535795 23,4 118938 585608 20,3 114140 549051 20,8 117015 561292 20,9
Helsinki and Uusimaa 30444 111708 27,3 30540 117697 25,9 29192 131994 22,1 28702 124407 23,1 28933 129631 22,3
Varsinais-Suomi 12669 48287 26,2 12586 50057 25,1 11833 54523 21,7 11253 51055 22,0 11358 52263 21,7
Satakunta 6175 26451 23,4 6109 27255 22,4 5752 29422 19,6 5444 27471 19,8 5430 27837 19,5
Kanta-Häme 4661 18324 25,4 4477 19002 23,6 4117 20565 20,0 3980 19289 20,6 4028 19647 20,5
Pirkanmaa 12038 50376 23,9 11983 52213 22,9 11460 57111 20,1 10936 53565 20,4 10987 54876 20,0
Päijät-Häme 5908 22706 26,0 5850 23776 24,6 5596 26145 21,4 5392 24600 21,9 5316 25393 20,9
Kymenlaakso 5160 20298 25,4 5172 20971 24,7 4984 22748 21,9 4799 21243 22,6 5012 21584 23,2
South Karelia 3654 15952 22,9 3564 16522 21,6 3355 17828 18,8 3282 16691 19,7 3522 16829 20,9
South Savo 3395 13413 25,3 3289 13843 23,8 3173 14857 21,4 3010 13873 21,7 2860 14033 20,4
East Savo 1451 6139 23,6 1431 6231 23,0 1303 6696 19,5 1220 6246 19,5 1142 6342 18,0
North Karelia 4458 18929 23,6 4356 19543 22,3 4106 21081 19,5 3888 19635 19,8 4139 19754 20,9
North Savo 7076 27107 26,1 6806 27858 24,4 6309 29962 21,1 6009 27965 21,5 6171 28212 21,9
Central Finland 5570 24149 23,1 5491 25100 21,9 5183 27213 19,1 4837 25497 19,0 5407 25871 20,9
South Ostrobothnia 5358 22264 24,1 5128 22819 22,5 4717 24388 19,3 4519 22785 19,8 4493 22986 19,6
Vaasa 3600 17672 20,4 3650 18267 20,0 3530 19853 17,8 3343 18609 18,0 3190 18928 16,9
Central Ostrobothnia 2014 7796 25,8 1926 8120 23,7 1863 8811 21,1 1747 8224 21,2 1851 8408 22,0
North Ostrobothnia 6719 32401 20,7 6514 34088 19,1 6197 37385 16,6 5899 35182 16,8 6711 35718 18,8
Kainuu 1994 9151 21,8 2048 9446 21,7 1920 10123 19,0 1784 9440 18,9 2072 9500 21,8
Länsi-Pohja 1312 6947 18,9 1229 7166 17,1 1207 7735 15,6 1158 7209 16,1 1225 7173 17,1
Lapland 2730 12543 21,8 2722 13033 20,9 2474 14014 17,6 2269 13073 17,4 2528 13182 19,2
Åland Islands 584 2720 21,5 589 2788 21,1 568 3154 18,0 573 2992 19,2 628 3125 20,1

Use of Avoidable Medications in the Elderly, 2. taulukon kuvausteksti ja lue lisää

Table 2. The percentage of the population aged 75 and older (at least 75 years old at the end of the respective year) who have used class D medications from Fimea's Meds75+ database, for the years 2015-2019, for the entire country and by hospital districts. Source: Kela, Reimbursed Medication Supplies from Health Insurance.

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Meds75+ Database of Medication for Older Persons (Fimea)