Adverse drug reactions on the rise

Reported adverse drug reactions are rising, as the FDA has made adverse event reporting easier. The numbers tell the story:
Twenty percent of drugs accounted for 87% of adverse effects, and the biggest offenders were painkillers and drugs that modify the immune system to treat arthritis, according to the report in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
But is the rise due to inceasing adverse drug reactions, or simply increasing reporting of such reactions? "There are clearly other factors responsible for this increase, such as the increase in public attention to drug safety and use of the Internet to make it easier for the public to . . . report adverse events to the FDA," said Dr. Gerald Dal Pan, director of the FDA's office of surveillance and epidemiology."

Curiously, five of the top six drugs causing deaths were painkillers: Oxycontin, Fentanyl, morphine, acetaminophen and methadone.
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