Could Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) be the Fourth Biggest Killer in America?

Could Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) be the Fourth Biggest Killer in America

Physicians should learn more about Adverse Drug Reactions or ARDs because they are one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States.

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a “learning module” developed based on a needs survey received by all third pear medicine clerkship directors and all medicine residency program directors in the United States. Developed by the Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CRT) while at Georgetown University (CERT is now located at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center) in collaboration wit the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the FDA. Sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the FDA is keen on completion of the Module Evaluation Form.

What are Adverse Drug Reactions

An ADR is an injury caused by taking medication. They may occur following a single dose or prolonged administration of a drug or result from the combination of two or more drugs. This has a different meaning than “side effect” because the latter can be beneficial as well detrimental. ADRs on the other hand involves the filed known as pharmacovigilance. Hence, an ADR refers...

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