Adverse events rise, but meaning debated

November 2007
Healthcare Risk Management;Nov2007, Vol. 29 Issue 11, p124
New research indicates that the number of adverse events related to drug therapy has increased significantly since 1998, but experts disagree on exactly what the numbers mean. Some analysts say the increase is merely the result of better reporting, but some suggest that risk managers should see the report as a warning sign. • The study specifically addressed serious and fatal drug events, not all adverse events. • The number of serious adverse drug events increased at a faster pace than the number of prescriptions in the same time period. • Current risk management efforts may be insufficient for new biotechnology drugs.


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