Why Learn about
Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR)?
§ Over 2 MILLION serious ADRs yearly
§ 100,000 DEATHS yearly
§ ADRs 4th leading cause of death ahead of
pulmonary disease, diabetes, AIDS,
pneumonia, accidents and automobile deaths
§ Ambulatory patients ADR rate—unknown
§ Nursing home patients ADR rate—
350,000 yearly