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6 May 2021 18:50
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  •   Home > News > Health & Safety

    A study shows medication use in New Zealand can harm, as well as heal

    A study shows medication use in New Zealand can harm, as well as heal


    Otago University research shows older people, and those on multiple prescriptions, are most at risk of medication-related harm.

    Reviews of more than nine thousand GP patient records found almost a quarter of prescriptions resulted in harm.

    Outcomes ranged from minor - such as vomiting - to severe, which included renal failure and morphine overdose.

    Three even resulted in death.

    Author Sharon Leitch says the study highlights the importance of only taking medicine if needed - and reinforces the need for vigilance over even routine use.

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