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Drug reactions thousands die

27th December 2007

New figures have revealed that almost 3,000 people have died in the last three years after suffering side-effects or allergic reactions to their medicines.


The statistics obtained by the Liberal Democrats also shows that more than 13,000 others had an adverse drug reaction but survived with hospital treatment.

The political party say the incidents include damage caused by over the counter drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen and is now calling for a full investigation into the issue.

Shadow health secretary Norman Lamb said: “This is a dangerously escalating problem, which is putting lives at risk and placing a big cost burden on the NHS.?

The figures comes from the Yellow Card scheme run by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) to gather reports of all adverse reactions from both clinicians and patients.

In 2006, there were 964 patients in the UK who died as a result of an adverse reaction compared with more than 1,000 in 2005 and 861 in 2004.

The MHRA has urged patients to join doctors in reporting drug reactions to them via the NHS Direct phone line, particularly amid concerns that a high number of adverse drug reactions are never reported to the MHRA.

Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson says there are cases where a side effect or allergy could not be predicted but he accepted that some cases should have been avoided.

The MHRA say that every medicine carried some risk of side-effects but its role was to ensure the benefits of medication outweighed the risks.


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Article Information

Title: Drug reactions thousands die
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 5181
Date Added: 27th Dec 2007


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