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Maybe it is because Americans take so many prescription drugs, but serious drug reactions are costing us billions of dollars every year. The details are provided at Drug Injury Watch by Tom Lamb. Many of the reactions are the result of preventable errors in medical care. Can we correct these errors before they bankrupt our health care system?

Extent Of Serious Adverse Drug Reactions In The U.S.

In connection with its MedWatch reporting system, the FDA has … defined “serious adverse drug reaction” as a medical event caused by a prescription drug which resulted in a patient’s death, hospitalization, or disability, or has caused a congenital abnormality, a life-threatening event, or a required intervention to prevent permanent damage.

Unfortunately, these serious adverse drug reactions are all too common in the U.S. It has been estimated that over 770,000 Americans are hospitalized each year due to their adverse drug reactions. In turn, the hospital expenses to treat those patients are estimated to be between $1.56 billion and $5.6 billion annually.

Maybe it is because Americans take so many prescription drugs, but serious drug reactions are costing us billions of dollars every year. The details are provided at Drug Injury Watch by Tom Lamb. Many of the reactions are the result of preventable errors in medical care. Can we correct these errors before they bankrupt our health care system?

Extent Of Serious Adverse Drug Reactions In The U.S.

In connection with its MedWatch reporting system, the FDA has … defined “serious adverse drug reaction” as a medical event caused by a prescription drug which resulted in a patient’s death, hospitalization, or disability, or has caused a congenital abnormality, a life-threatening event, or a required intervention to prevent permanent damage.

Unfortunately, these serious adverse drug reactions are all too common in the U.S. It has been estimated that over 770,000 Americans are hospitalized each year due to their adverse drug reactions. In turn, the hospital expenses to treat those patients are estimated to be between $1.56 billion and $5.6 billion annually.

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