2019 AGS Beers Criteria for Older Adults

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Polypharmacy, often defined as the use of five or more medications, is prevalent in adults ages 65 years and older, with 40% taking 5 to 9 medications and 18% taking 10 or more.1 Polypharmacy can result in inappropriate prescribing of medications, causing adverse drug events (ADEs). Studies have shown that ADEs in older adults can lead to increased emergency department visits and hospitalizations, resulting in increased health care utilization and cost.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. Evaluate and make recommendations for medication regimens using the 2019 American Geriatrics Society Beers Criteria.
  2. Identify potentially inappropriate medications and drugs to be used with caution in older adults.
  3. Identify risks associated with clinically important drug–drug interactions in older adults.
  4. Develop an alternative therapeutic plan for medications that have varying doses, based on renal function in older adults.

Activity type: Knowledge-based

Target Audience: Pharmacists 

Learning level: 1

Accreditation Information

The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.  This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours of CPE credit (0.20 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-19-286-H04-P.

To obtain credit for 2019 AGS Beers Criteria for Older Adults, complete the assessment with a grade of 70% or better, complete the evaluation, and then claim credit. Participants need to have a valid pharmacist.com username and password to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.

APhA's continuing pharmacy education policy allows two opportunities to successfully complete the continuing pharmacy education assessment. Please note that the questions may not appear in the same order as printed and only two attempts to pass the assessment will be granted.  The current policy of the APhA Education Department is to not release the correct answers to any of our CPE tests. This policy is intended to maintain the integrity of the CPE activity and the assessment.

Initial release date: November 1, 2019
Expiration date: November 1, 2022 - NO CREDIT GRANTED AFTER THIS DATE


2019 AGS Beers Criteria for Older Adults is a home-study continuing education activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association.

Advisory Board

Danielle R. Fixen, PharmD, BCGP, BCPS, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2850 E. Montview Blvd., Aurora, CO 80045, Danielle.fixen@cuanschutz.edu

Robert L. Page II, PharmD, MSPH, BCPS (AQ-Cards), BCGP, FCCP, FASHP, FAHA, FHFSA, Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora


Danielle R. Fixen, PharmD, BCGP, BCPS; Robert L. Page II, PharmD, MSPH, BCPS (AQ-Cards), BCGP, FCCP, FASHP, FAHA, FHFSA; and APhA’s Government Affairs and editorial staff declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria. For complete staff disclosures, please see the Education and Accreditation Information section at www.pharmacist.com/apha-disclosures.


There is no fee associated with this activity for members of the American Pharmacists Association. There is a $25 fee for nonmembers.

System Requirements

Computer and internet access are required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website and view the Technology System Requirements to have a positive learning experience.