Most Reported Drug Side Effects
Drug Adverse Reaction Injuries Side Effects Drugs Most Reported for Side Effects
About 2 to 4 million US residents suffered from severe, debilitating, and fatal injuries caused by prescription drug side effects in 2011, according to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, which monitors drug adverse events in the United States. The annual data published by its QuarterWatch surveillance program shows that the FDA got 179,855 serious drug side effect injury reports in 2011, which include 21,002 reports directly from healthcare professionals and consumers through the MedWatch system and 158,853 adverse events corroborated by manufacturers. The numbers released are 9.4 percent or 15,386 instances more than annual drug injury cases reported in the previous year.
Top 10 Drugs Reported for Side Effect Injuries
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices has identified 10 drugs that led the list of adverse events associated with prescription medication in 2011. Anticoagulant medication Pradaxa, produced by German drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim, tops the list, followed by warfarin-based anticoagulant Coumadin - manufactured and marketed by Bristol-Myers Squibb. Antibiotic Levaquin, Cipro, and Bactrim, chemotherapy drugs Carboplatin and Cisplatin, ACE inhibitor Zestril, anti-cholesterol drug Zocor, and antidepressant Cymbalta complete the remaining places on the list of 10 drugs most frequently reported for their safety issues, target of consumer groups, and subject to litigations.