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Australia Group Urges Early-Warning System For Problem Drugs

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care is calling for a federal law to require agencies to cross-check for possible lethal side effects of new drugs. The group said the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and Medicare hold huge amounts of information on illnesses and deaths attributed to medication problems. Even with that information, the nation has no system for early recognition of adverse- event patterns. The health and safety commission also said high-risk groups such as diabetics would benefit the most from advance knowledge of adverse events if patient details were linked to problem medications. (Click here for more
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