Adverse drug events: counting is not enough, action is needed

Elizabeth E Roughead and Joel Lexchin
Med J Aust 2006; 184 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2006.tb00260.x
Published online: 3 April 2006

To tackle this problem we need a systems approach involving multiple strategies

An article in this issue of the Journal by Miller and colleagues1 provides further evidence of the magnitude and seriousness of the problem of adverse drug events (ADEs) in general practice. Their study highlights our ongoing failure to address the problem of ADEs — medication-related incidents that cause patient harm.

  • Elizabeth E Roughead1
  • Joel Lexchin2

  • 1 Sansom Institute, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA.
  • 2 School of Health Policy and Management, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.



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