Experts with the Institute For Safe Medication Practices found nearly 21,000 injuries linked to prescription drugs reported in the first quarter, including 4,800 deaths.
Researchers found that the drug Heparin, is linked to a contaminated compound from China, and the anti-smoking drug Chantix was accounted for a majority of the cases. The reports indicated, the people taking Chantix experienced blackouts, which led to traffic accidents as well as psychiatric problems. There was also a rise in cases from prescription painkillers like Fentanyl and Oxycodone, which both have a high rate of abuse.
Also on the list were acetaminophen and ibuprofen, both are over-the-counter painkillers that are often used in suicide. The top ten injury causing drugs are Varenicline, Heparin, Fentanyl, Interferon Beta, Infliximab, Etanercept, Clopidogrel, Pregabalin, Acetaminophen, and Oxycodone.
To view the full report by the institute for safe medication practices, go to http://ismp.org/quarterwatch/2008q1.pdf