Many of us assume that most medications are safe to take if we take them as prescribed
by the doctors, yet the statistics tell us otherwise.
In 1998, The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published an article
on adverse drug reactions (ADRs), and it estimates that 106,000 people died from
fatal adverse drug reactions in 1994. This number excludes errors in drug administration,
noncompliance, overdose, drug abuse, therapeutic failures, and possible ADRs; therefore,
the number of people killed by medications is much higher.
How bad is this? In 2013, Alzheimer’s disease killed 84,767 in US, and it is the
6th leading cause of death. While the exact number of fatal ADRs is not available,
we can safely assume that it killed more than Alzheimer’s in 2013 based on the fact
that more people are taking medications today.
So I want you to stop and think. How safe are your medications really?