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Adverse drug reactions as cause of admission to hospital: Alcohol and other non-prescribed drugs may have impact on adverse drug reactions

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 19 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:459
  1. Edwina R L Williams, locum consultant in liaison psychiatry (,
  2. Ruth E Taylor, senior lecturer
  1. Royal London Hospital, London E1 4NF

    EDITOR—Adverse drug reactions are an important topic for all clinicians. Pirmohamed et al report an observational study of adverse drug reactions in two large hospitals.1 However, important clarifications are required about the method and reporting of this study. Three issues affect interpretation in ways that are important to practising clinicians, who need to be alerted to problems when prescribing.

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