13 Mar '12, 1pm

Revealed: the prescription drugs and medications most likely to harm or kill you

Revealed: the prescription drugs and medications most likely to harm or kill you

A drug used to treat schizophrenia and thought disturbances in patients with Parkinson's disease is the medicine most likely to harm or kill you in the UK, figures obtained by the Ecologist reveal. Antidepressants, drugs to help patients give up smoking and vaccines against meningitis, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and swine flu are also among medicines most likely to result in adverse reactions, data compiled by the UK's official drug watchdog indicates. The statistics, recorded by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), also show that substances used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, eye diseases and blood clotting are among those with the highest number of reported adverse reactions involving a 'fatal outcome'. The figures record the total number of suspected adverse reaction reports - which can relate to physical or mental side effects - received by ...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/1272463/re...

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