Doctors need gender-specific drug dosages, say researchers

More information for prescribers would help cut the rate of adverse events in women

Medications should have sex-specific dose recommendations to help reduce a substantially higher incidence of adverse events in women compared with men, researchers suggest.

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The group analysed data from thousands of medical journals that detailed significant sex differences in pharmacokinetics and female- or male-biased adverse reactions.

 Data showed that for 76 out of 86 medications examined – including antipsychotics, analgesics, cardiovascular and anti-seizure drugs – women had higher drug