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Study: US Emergency Department Visits for Outpatient Adverse Drug Events, 2013-2014

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A study published in JAMA looked at the characteristics of adverse drug events that lead to US emergency department (ED) visits.  Based on 2013-2014 nationally representative surveillance data, the study found the prevalence of emergency department visits for adverse drug events in the United States was estimated to be 4 per 1000 individuals. The most common drug classes implicated were anticoagulants, antibiotics, diabetes agents, and opioid analgesics.

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