Tag Archives: Adverse Drug Events

Aspirin: Stomach Bleeds Risk for Over-75s (BBC News / Lancet / NHS Choices)

Summary Persons aged over 75 taking daily aspirin following a stroke or heart attack are at higher risk of stomach bleeds than thought previously. The benefits of low dose aspirin still outweigh the risks, even in this age group. Co-prescription … Continue reading

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Antipsychotics for Delirium in General Hospitals (International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry)

Summary This article discusses a prospective observational study, conducted over 1 year at 33 general hospitals in Japan, into the risks and benefits of antipsychotics for older patients with delirium in general hospital settings. Of 2834 patients who developed delirium, 2453 … Continue reading

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Medication Reconciliation and Patient Understanding on Hospital Discharge (Journal of General Internal Medicine)

Summary Since adverse drug events upon hospital discharge are common and sometimes serious, this US study investigated the prevalence of medication reconciliation. It found that medication reconciliation and patient understanding (or carer’s understanding, possibly in the case of dementia patients) … Continue reading

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Johnson & Johnson Fined $1.1bn Over Risperdal: Subversion of Science? (BBC Health News / Drug Dangers)

Summary The drugs giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has been ordered by a US judge to pay $1.1bn (£690m) for downplaying the risks involved in taking its anti-psychotic drug Risperdal (Risperidone). This is only the latest of fines the company … Continue reading

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