Senators Call for Task Force on Adverse Drug Reactions

Posted 03 January 2012 | By

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has prompted two Senators to call for a joint task force to be created.

Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) have requested that the US Department of Health and Human Services Convene a multi-agency task force to, according to The Hill journalist Julian Pacquet, "help identify patients at risk for adverse drug reactions."

The request was inspired by a NEJM article that found that four types of medications were responsible for more than 2/3rds of all adverse drug events (ADEs).  The task force would serve to provide information about ADE's to patients and providers in the hopes of reducing hospitalizations.


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