Hospitalizations linked to adverse drug reactions on the rise

Adverse drug reaction-related hospitalizations are on the rise. Scientists have not yet found an explanation for this phenomenon.

This is disturbing news revealed by our colleagues from Figaro on Monday, May 30. In 2018, 212,500 people were hospitalized after experiencing adverse drug reactions, compared to 144,000 in 2007. That is an increase of 47% in the space of ten years. Today, more than 8% of hospitalizations are linked to serious pharmaceutical adverse effects. To arrive at these figures, the journalists of Le Figaro compared two studies on the subject: one Emir, dating from 2007; the other Iatrostat, whose data goes back to 2018.

Scientists do not explain this increase. “This is a trend observed in other countries, but we have no clear explanations”, comments Pre Marie-Laure Laroche, pharmacologist at the regional pharmacovigilance center (CRPV) in Limoges. She is the main investigator of the Iatrostat study, conducted by the network of 31 CRPVs and presented on May 18 to the National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM).

Prof. Marie-Laure Laroche explains that the increase in hospitalizations related to adverse drug reactions is not the consequence of drug consumption, because the latter has decreased. The aging of the population is not in question either, the proportion of drug accidents among the elderly remaining stable. According to the researcher, it is difficult to identify a class of drugs that would be more involved than another in this (…)

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