3362.0 Adverse Drug Reactions: Extent of Public Health Risks

Monday, October 31, 2011: 2:30 PM
According to a new book, The Risks of Prescription Drugs, they have become a major public health problem because of 2.5 million serious adverse drug reactions a year, 1.5 hospitalizations, and about 129,000 deaths. APHA members need to understand the causes and extent of the problem and ways to increase safer, more effective drugs. This session is relevant to Medical Care, Epidemiology, and Public Health Policy. Leading figures will present.
Session Objectives: 1. Describe the extent of adverse drug reactions as a public health danger in the United States 2. Explain why most new drugs are little better for patients than existing ones yet bear under-tested risks of harmful side effects. 3. Understand ways to reduce the epidemic in harmful side effects.
Donald Light, MA, PhD

3:00 PM

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