Bad drug interactions at ER discharge are avoidable
When patients get discharged from the emergency department, 38 percent of them leave with a new medication that may negatively react with one they already take, according to a new study. The study identifies the most common prescription drug combinations that may result in a negative interaction. "If a new prescription given in an emergency department has a negative interaction with a medication that a patient is taking, the provider should consider an alternative," says Patrick Bridgeman, a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice and administration at Rutgers University's Ernesto Mario School of Pharmacy and co-lead author of the paper, which appears in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.
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