Quality use of allopurinol in the elderly

J Qual Clin Pract. 2000 Mar;20(1):42-3. doi: 10.1046/j.1440-1762.2000.00353.x.


Allupurinol is a commonly prescribed drug. However, the use of this drug is not based on evidence and guidelines. We audited Allopurinol prescriptions in patients aged 65 years and over in a teaching hospital over 22 weeks. In 47% of patients the dose was higher than recommended and in 40% it was lower. Quality use of medications is an important issue to maintain quality of life in the elderly.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Allopurinol / therapeutic use*
  • Drug Utilization Review*
  • Female
  • Gout / drug therapy*
  • Gout Suppressants / therapeutic use*
  • Hospitals, Teaching
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Quality of Health Care


  • Gout Suppressants
  • Allopurinol