ADVERSE DRUG REACTIONS SEEN MOSTLY IN SENIORS

Mar 26, 2013

By AM740 Staff

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Adverse drug reactions cost the Canadian health-care system 35.7-million dollars a year and seniors make up about 80 per cent of those hospital admissions.

A new study by the Canadian Institute for Health Information found that drug reactions send one in every 200 Canadian seniors to hospital every year compared to about one in a thousand people in the general population.

The study showed blood thinners were the most common cause, followed by chemotherapy drugs and opioids.

 

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