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Adverse drug reactions as cause of admission to hospital: Definition of adverse drug reactions needs to include overdose

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 19 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:459
  1. M Barton Laws, assistant clinical professor of family medicine and community health (
  1. Tufts University School of Medicine, Latin American Health Institute, 95 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116

    EDITOR—Pirmohamed et al, in assessing the burden of adverse drug reactions, excluded from their analysis any patients with either deliberate or unintentional overdose.1 This seems inappropriate, as overdose is obviously among …

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