Adverse drug events are now the fourth leading cause of death in hospitals.
It’s a reasonable bet they are an even greater cause of death in non-hospital settings where there is no one to monitor things going wrong and no one to intervene to save a life. In mental health, for instance, drug-induced problems are the leading cause of death — and these deaths happen in community rather than hospital settings.
There is also another drug crisis — we are failing to discover new drugs. [Read more...]
Big Friendly Gates On 28 April the NEJM published the interim results of a trial of Prefusion F Protein–Based Respiratory Syncytial Virus Immunization in Pregnancy. This paper contains evidence of a neonatal jaundice hazard in the babies whose mothers had been immunised – but you’d never guess it from the way the paper is written. […]
This post follows on from If You Wake at Midnight. Military Medicine When the history of modern medicine is laid out – See Shipwreck of the Singular – it is clear that, from Napoleon onwards, the military have been the greatest influence on its development. In Wars before 1900, more soldiers died from disease than […]
Andrew Marriott’s recently published If You Wake at Midnight is a compelling read. It would have been a great candidate for inclusion on the recent list of Books on Medical Treatments Gone Wrong. It tells the story of Lariam – mefloquine – a treatment to ward off malaria. A drug that for over 40 years […]
Linguas Bifidas © Nina Otulakowski July 2022 An Adverse Event is anything that happens while a trial is happening – even a nuclear war. There were lots of traffic accidents and broken bones in Buenos Aires during the Pfizer trial – mostly on placebo. Maybe Covid vaccines prevent fractures or accidents. Not impossible if you […]
Two months ago I had an email from Ben Fox of email@example.com – a new venture looking to promote books in a new way. See Shepherd.com. The idea is to feature a book by an author and then get her or him to list five books that have particularly influenced them – centered on a […]