Adverse drug events send elderly patients to the emergency department

Adverse drug events send elderly patients to the emergency department about as often as car accidents.

Over 700,000 patients are treated in emergency departments each year for adverse drug events...or 2.4 out of every 1000. And one in six of these are hospitalized.

The most common reactions are dermatologic, gastrointestinal, and neurological. One-third of events are due to allergies...another third are unintentional overdoses.

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