A bad reaction

Almost all medication-related adverse drug reactions are preventable and predictable and could be avoided with better reporting and e-health systems, experts believe.

Pharmacy researchers from Charles Darwin University, NT and Charles Sturt University NSW, examined 150 recorded hospital admissions for adverse drug reactions in which patients had a National Inpatient Medication Chart.

Almost all (97%) of these admissions were judged by the authors to be preventable. In addition, 82% of the 150 admissions were regarded as being predictable.

The drugs most commonly