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Reports of side effects associated with the use of drugs 1968-1975
National Drugs Advisory Board (NDAB)
The National Drugs Advisory Board received 716 reports from medical and dental practitioners during 1975. From these 1180 side-effects were recorded associated with the use of drugs during the year. This figure is almost double the number reported for the previous year, but has been inflated by 233 side-effects reported by dentists consequent to the use of a particular batch of a local anaesthetic. Drugs interactions were reported in 25 instances 2 per cent in most cases involving either tranquillizers or anti hypertensives. The frequency of reporting of such interactions is increasing and many more will undoubtedly be encountered, particularly in those patients on long-term maintenance therapy for such conditions as anxiety neuroses, hypertension and congestive heart failure. It is important that doctors and dentists be aware of all the medications (even those which are self-prescribed) taken by his patient before prescribing additional treatments. It is suggested that all patients on long-term therapy should be provided with treatment record cards to be carried on their persons to ensure that information on their medications be immediately available to practitioner, hospital, or pharmacist as necessary. Of the side-effects reported about one-third involved the skin and subcutaneous tissues, while the gastrointestinal system, central nervous system and cardiovascular system were affected in 15%, 19% and 9% respectively
Publication Date:
Type: Report
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: Lenus
Publisher(s): National Drugs Advisory Board (NDAB)
First Indexed: 2014-04-02 06:20:20 Last Updated: 2017-04-26 07:43:28