Adverse drug reactions as cause of admission to hospital: Only part of the picture was reported for aspirin

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7463.459-c (Published 19 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:459
  1. Mano Joseph, clinical attachment doctor (josephmano@hotmail.com)
  1. Northern General Hospital, Sheffield S5 7AU

    EDITOR—The study by Pirmohamed et al gives some insights into the problems associated with adverse drug reactions.1 Although the statistic mainly projected is that of 6.5% (1/16) admissions due to adverse reactions, a more useful figure may be that of 107 patients who had adverse reactions that were “definitely avoidable.” If …

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