“Serious” and “severe” adverse drug reactions need defining

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7465.573 (Published 02 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:573
  1. Christian Frankenfeld, former side effect sufferer (cffeld@web.de)
  1. Hans-Schmitz-Straße 18, D-33378 Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Germany

    EDITOR—In her editorial on the new guidelines for preventing malaria in UK travellers Zuckerman claims that a recent double blinded study showed high tolerability to the four recommended drug regimens, with no serious adverse events.1 2 Unfortunately, neither Zuckerman nor the cited study defines the term “serious.”

    Therefore readers can assume only that, in accordance …

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