Recurrence of adverse drug reactions following inappropriate re-prescription: Better documentation, availability of information and monitoring are needed

Carolien M.J. Van Der Linden, Paul A.F. Jansen, Rob J. Van Marum, René J.E. Grouls, Erik H.M. Korsten, Antoine C.G. Egberts

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Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are a common, and often preventable, cause of hospital admission, especially in the elderly, and can occur during hospitalization.In this current opinion article, we present three cases of recurrence of a serious ADR due to re-prescription of a withdrawn medication that highlight the need for a system to prevent the undesirable re-prescription of medications withdrawn because of an ADR. In addition, we describe an electronic system that could help prevent undesirable re-prescription following an ADR. Such a system should document ADRs systematically at the patient level, make this information available to relevant healthcare providers and the patient, and flag re-prescription of the offending drug. The effectiveness and cost effectiveness of such a system would need to be determined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)535-538
Number of pages4
JournalDrug Safety
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Adverse-drug-reactions
  • Medication-errors
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Prescribing

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