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Sunday, November 27, 2011

More Pills Sending More Americans to ER

Posted By on Sun, Nov 27, 2011 at 8:35 AM

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that common drugs are mainly responsible for sending people to the nation's emergency rooms. The CDC survey singles out warfarin (a blood thinner), oral antiplatelet meds (such as aspirin or Plavix), insulin and hypoglycemic agents (diabetes medication). The study concludes that better med management could help avoid thousands of emergency admissions. The four types of medication account for two-thirds of those drug-related emergency hospitalizations.

According to researchers, nearly 100,000 hospitalizations every year are linked to allergic reactions and unintentional overdoses.

Among U.S. adults aged 65 and older, 40 percent take five to nine medications and 18 percent take 10 or more, according to the study authors.

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