Adverse drug reactions double in a decade, hospital data show

Deaths related to medicines have also risen, despite all other hospital deaths declining

Adverse reactions to medication requiring hospitalisation have doubled over a period of 13 years, a NSW study shows.

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A review of all state hospital data shows that admissions related to pharmaceutical drugs — excluding those arising from medication error — have increased by 5.8% a year between 2001 and 2014.

Meanwhile, deaths related to medicines have risen by 2.4% during the study period.

The age-adjusted rate of hospital admissions related to adverse reactions increased from 220 per 100,000 patients to more than 430 per 100,000,