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Reports of Adverse Drug Effects Up September 12, 2007

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Reports of adverse drug effects reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more than doubled in the last decade, according to a new study. Deaths associated with the serious effects also more than doubled.

“A change of this magnitude ought to be cause for alarm,” says Thomas J. Moore, senior scientist, drug safety and policy, for the Institute for Safe Medication Practices in Huntingdon Valley, Pa., and the lead author of the study.

Moore and his colleagues analyzed serious adverse drug events voluntarily reported to the FDA though the Adverse Events Reporting System (AERS), known as the “MedWatch” reports, from 1998 to 2005. A serious adverse drug event is defined as one that results in death, a birth defect, disability, hospitalization, was life-threatening, or needed intervention to avoid harm. Read More..

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