Protecting yourself from adverse drug reactions
For younger Canadians an adverse reaction to a pharmaceutical drug could be an inconvenience, but to seniors it could be life threatening. A report from the Canadian Institute of Health Information (“CIHI“) states that roughly 27,000 patients a year over the age of 65 end up in the hospital as a result of adverse reactions to their drugs.
According to the CIHI approximately 0.5% of Canadian seniors end up in the hospital every year due to their medication.
Further the cost to health carecare system in Canada of adverse drug reactions among seniors comes to approximately $35.7 million a year.