PPI use finally starts to drop

A massive hike in the use proton pump inhibitors among older Australians over the past couple of decades is finally tapering off, according to new data.

Between 1995 and 2006, prescriptions for the reflux medication increased more than 13-fold among older Australians, a worrying development prompting a series of campaigns aimed at GPs, pharmacists and patients to reduce both use of the drugs and their prescribed dosage.