Number of serious adverse events doubles in seven years in US

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 20 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:585

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  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

The number of reported serious adverse events from drug treatment more than doubled in the United States from 1998 to 2005, rising from 34 966 to 89 842, says a new study.

Over the same period the number of deaths relating to drugs nearly tripled, from 5519 to 15 107, show data from the US Food and Drug Administration's adverse event reporting system, which collects all reports of adverse events submitted voluntarily to the agency either directly or through drug manufacturers (Archives of Internal Medicine 2007;167:1752-9).

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