Any drug, no matter how trivial its therapeutic actions, has the potential to do harm. Adverse reactions are a cost of modern medical therapy. Although the mandate of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to ensure that drugs are safe and effective, these terms are relative. The anticipated benefit from any therapeutic decision must be balanced by the potential risks.
It has been estimated that 3-5% of all hospitalizations can be attributed to adverse drug reactions, resulting in 300,000 hospitalizations annually in the U.S. Once hospitalized, patients have about a 30% chance of an untoward event related to drug therapy, and the risk attributable to each course of drug therapy is about 5%. The chance of a life-threatening drug reaction is about 3% per
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