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Drug side-effects blamed for 20% of hospital readmissions
09-08-2009, 06:11 PM,
Drug side-effects blamed for 20% of hospital readmissions
Quote:Drug side-effects blamed for 20% of hospital readmissions

Sarah Boseley
The Guardian, Monday 7 September 2009
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One in five people who are re-admitted to hospital after having been sent home are suffering from the side-effects of the drugs they have been given, according to a study. Emma Davies, a research pharmacist at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS trust and colleagues analysed the records of 1,000 people treated at a large Liverpool hospital and found that 403 came back within a year of discharge. The drugs most likely to cause problems were aspirin, to prevent strokes and heart attacks, and diuretics, used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.

What the study fails to address is the drugs that put people into the morgue when the side effect is "suicidal thoughts" as is the case with Ritalin and others.

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