Admissions related to adverse prescription drug reactions

Response to official information request

  1. The total number of admissions to hospital each year.
  2. The average (both mean and median) bed stay of patients admitted to hospital each year.
  3. The total number of admissions to hospital in relation to adverse (prescription) drug reactions each year. (Clarified: “adverse drug reactions” to be defined as an “unwanted or harmful reaction experienced following the administration of a drug or combination of drugs under normal conditions of use and is suspected to be related to the drug.”)
  4. The total cost of admissions in relation to adverse drug reactions each year.
  5. The total number of admissions to hospital in relation to adverse drug reactions each year which were preventable. (Clarified as: “preventable ADR admission” to be defined as an “ADRs caused
    by medication errors, whether they be acts of omission or commission, incorrect medication/dose/timing, administration of a medication to a patient with a known allergy, inadequate monitoring, or other errors.”)
  6. The total cost of the preventable admissions.
  7. The average (both mean and median) bed stay of patients admitted to hospital in relation to adverse drug reactions which were preventable.

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