Why Australia is lagging in its bid to reduce benzo scripts in the elderly
Australia's push to reduce benzodiazepine use in the elderly is being held back by the absence of real-time prescription-monitoring, researchers say.
Benzodiazepine use among older patients fell from 20.2% to 16.8% between 2010 and 2016, a study shows.
Yet in 2016, 6.7% of over-65s received a script for benzodiazepines for the first time in at least 12 months. This was down from 7%, but not statistically significant, according to the report in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
In the same period, incidence was cut significantly in the other two