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20% of readmissions blamed on drug side effects

7th September 2009

A study of 1,000 patients has revealed that 21% of the 290 patients readmitted to hospital within a year of being treated was due to the side effects of drug treatment.

The drugs which caused the most problems were aspirin and diuretics. Emma Davies, research pharmacist at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust, said: "While medicines have lots of benefits, they can also have harmful side-effects resulting in re-admission to hospital."
 

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