Adverse Reactions: 700,000 people need emergency hospital care every year
Statistic of the week: Every year 700,000 people in the USA need emergency out-patient hospital care following an adverse reaction to a prescription drug. Of these, 16 per cent are admitted to hospital for surveillance.
(Source: Journal of the American Medical Association, 2006; 296: 1858-66). E-news broadcast 26 October 2006 No.304