Friday, October 20, 2006

Bad drug reaction send 700,000 to hospital

Harmful reaction to some of the most widely used medicine-from insulin to a common antibody-sent more than 7000,000 Americans to emergency rooms each year, landmark government research shows. " It reinforces the really substantial risks that there are in everyday use of drugs," said patient safety specialist Bruce Lambert, a professor at Chicago's college of pharmacy. Frequent cause of Illness
Accidental overdose and allergic reactions to prescription drugs were the most frequent cause of serious illnesses, according to the study, the first to reveal the problem's nationwide scope. The study authors and other experts agreed that the 7000,000 estimate was consertions are often misdiagnosed. The study, published in today's Journal of the American Medical Association, did not say whether any of the reactions were fatal. AP

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