ADR’s: The fourth leading cause of death in the U.S.

by | May 25, 2012 | Health Effects of the Environment and Medical System | 2 comments

The FDA has an abbreviation for them – ADRs.

ADRs are Adverse Drug Reactions from prescribed medications. They’re a hot topic of research and debate within the Food and Drug Administration, other agencies that regulate drug development, and pharmaceutical firms.

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Why the interest in ADRs?

Because they’re so common.  The FDA itself says that more than 3 million serious negative reactions to prescription drugs occur every year.

Deaths from ADRs – more than 100,000 per year – rank prescription drug use as the 4th leading cause of death in the United States – ahead of lung disease, diabetes, AIDS, or pneumonia.


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  1. George Blomme

    All I can get out of this is the prescription drugs can cause a lot of deaths or at least serious negative reactions. There is no link (“hyperlink” to more information.

    • Ron Lavine, D.C.

      The additional information you are looking for can be found by clicking the link connected to the words “FDA itself” in the 4th paragraph. Thanks for your careful reading, George.


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