n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Pharmacovigilance : the devastating consequences of not thinking about adverse drug reactions : main article

Volume 29, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



A meta-analysis of 69 prospective and retrospective studies conducted in various regions of the world involving 419 000 patients found that approximately 6.7% of all hospitalisations were as a result of ADRs. A recent observational study conducted in the medical wards of a secondary hospital in the Western Cape estimated that 6.3% of hospitalised patients were admitted as a direct result of an ADR, while a further 6.3% of patients developed a significant ADR while in hospital. More than half of the ADRs that occurred in patients in the community were considered to be preventable with improved prescribing, administration, monitoring and adherence.

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