Re: Rx Drugs = LEADING KILLER !!!

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Wed, 15 Apr 1998 15:09:50 -0700 (PDT)

> IAN: Important to note: the study seems only to have
> included drugs prescribed to hospitalized patients,
> yet I would expect that most prescription drugs are
> prescribed to patients NOT hospitalized. If 5% of
> hospitalized patients prescribed a drug will die
> from that drug, and if hospital prescriptions
> account for (just a guess) 20% of all prescriptions,
> then there could be upwards of 500,000 people dying
> every year from prescription drugs (just a guestimate)!

I doubt the number would extrapolate that simply;
patients in a hospital are statistically more ill than
those not hospitalized, so are more likely to die from
an ADR (because they were closer to death already).
I suspect that the larger number (2 million ill from
ADR) might scale better.

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