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Admissions to Hospital due to Drugs

Br Med J 1969; 1 doi: (Published 01 March 1969) Cite this as: Br Med J 1969;1:539
  1. Natalie Hurwitz


    In a survey of adverse drug reactions in wards of two Belfast hospitals for 52 weeks in 1965–6, 2·9% of 1,268 patients seen were admitted to hospital because of adverse reactions to drugs taken for therapeutic reasons and 2·1% were admitted because of self-poisoning. Patients admitted because of adverse drug reactions were older than those admitted because of self-poisoning and stayed in hospital longer. Among the drugs which caused the adverse reactions were digitalis preparations, antibiotics, corticosteroids, anticoagulants, analgesics, and tranquillizers. Hypersensitivity and side-effect types of reactions were the most common. Barbiturates were the most frequently used drugs in suicidal attempts.