'Disturbing': 250,000 hospitalised each year due to adverse reactions
Some 250,000 Australians are hospitalised each year as a result of adverse reactions to medications — a figure that has changed little in 30 years, a new report suggests.
A review of 16 Australian studies estimates that 2.5% of all hospital admissions are caused by adverse reactions to medicines. They also make up about 7% of emergency department admissions.
Study co-author Professor Libby Roughead says it's "particularly disturbing" that the number of Australians hospitalised due to medication adverse events doesn’t seem to have fallen in 30