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Descriptions of adverse drug events should be standardised

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 09 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:127
  1. Saeed A Khan, Senior researcher (
  1. Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacology Department, Turku University Central Hospital, Turku, Finland

    EDITOR—A news item on pharmacogenomics mistakenly asserted that about two million Americans are hospitalised annually as a result of drug interactions instead of asserting that they were hospitalised as a result of adverse drug reactions. 1 2 The category of adverse drug reactions may include drug interactions as one of many causes of the reaction but …

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