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How common are drug interactions from emergency department prescriptions?

from Medical News Bulletin

Approximately 25% of patients in the community experience an adverse drug reaction, of which 39% are preventable. Most of these preventable adverse drug reactions are from drug-drug interactions, which occurs when one drug alters another drug's potency, efficacy or safety. The rate of drug-drug interactions resulting from prescriptions from an emergency department can range widely from 3% up to 47%. To get a better estimate of the rate of drug interactions caused by emergency department prescriptions and their resulting severities, researchers in the United States performed a retrospective chart review study. more

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