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Coroner wants nationwide allergy service to avoid needless deaths from adverse reactions

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2506 (Published 12 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2506
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

    Manchester’s coroner has warned that more unnecessary deaths will occur unless the government sets up a nationwide allergy service in the NHS so that patients who are thought to have had an allergic reaction to drugs can be tested. The service could also alert health professionals to potential risks of specific drugs.

    The coroner Nigel Meadows was one of several speakers at a conference in London last week, organised by the pressure group APRIL (Adverse Psychiatric Reactions Information Link).

    His call follows an inquest into the death of a man given antibiotics but who was known to have had an allergic reaction to such treatment in the past. Despite Mr Meadows making a request under rule 43 of the Coroner’s Act that a national allergy service should be set …

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