Legal Implications of Adverse Drug Reactions

  • Edward C. RosenowIII
  • Scott E. Rosenow


Americans are a drug-taking society. They take 2 to 10 times more prescription and over-the-counter drugs than a comparable population anywhere else in the world. The hospitalized patient takes an average of 6 to 13 drugs. The risk-benefit ratio of this many medications is unknown. However, there is no question that medications have saved and prolonged many lives. As there is no mandatory reporting of adverse drug reactions (ADR) in this county, we have no way of knowing what percent of drugs taken produces adverse side effects.1 More than 1.6 billion prescriptions for more than 30,000 different drugs are written each year in the United States,1 with about 200 new drugs approved each year. The estimates of significant side effects, meaning adverse drug reactions, range from tens of thousands to several million per year!


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  • Edward C. RosenowIII
  • Scott E. Rosenow

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