Americans Frequently Visit Doctors for Adverse Drug Effects
More than 4.3 million visits to physician’s offices, hospital outpatient departments,
and hospital emergency departments in 2001 were for treatment of adverse drug
effects, up from 2.7 million in 1995, according to a new study by AHRQ
researchers. The study, “Ambulatory Care Visits for Treating Adverse Drug Effects
in the United States, 1995-2001,” was published in the July issue of the Joint
Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.
In 2001, 74 percent of all visits for treating adverse drug effects were made to
physician’s offices, 20 percent to hospital emergency departments, and 6 percent
to hospital outpatient departments. Antibiotics and other anti-infectives were
most frequently associated with visits for adverse drug effects, followed by
hormones and other synthetic substitutes. The most frequent adverse effects
suffered include dermatological symptoms, such as a skin rash, followed by
gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.
NCPIE encourages healthcare professionals and community groups to foster patient–professional communication about medicines. However, NCPIE does not supervise or endorse the activities of any group or professional. Discussion and action concerning medicines are solely the responsibility of the patient and their healthcare professionals, and not NCPIE.
Please consult a licensed health care professional with questions or concerns about your medication and/or condition.