Serious injuries associated with drug therapy reached alarming numbers in the first quarter of 2008.

by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press | October 22, 2008 —  According to a report by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, a record number of deaths and serious injuries associated with drug therapy were reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the first quarter of 2008. Serious injuries associated with drug therapy reached a total of 20,745 new cases; reported deaths totaled 4824 cases, a 2.6 fold increase from the previous quarter. Two drugs accounted for a large share of the latest reports. One was the blood thinner heparin and the other was Chantix, a new anti-smoking related drug from Pfizer. Read full article >>

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