700,000 Go to ER Each Year Over Drug Reactions
According to new research, more than 700,000 Americans end up in the emergency room each year due to adverse prescription drug reactions. The most common reasons are accidental overdose and allergic reactions.
Researchers say the number is an underestimation since many adverse reactions go unreported or unrecognized.
"The numbers are quite troubling," said Jim Conway, senior vice president at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. The tally underscores that "there is a tremendous number of consumers in the United States taking medication."
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