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Senators call for task force on adverse drug events
Modern Healthcare

Sens. Michael Bennett (D-Colo.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) are asking for a new federal task force in reaction to a study that found that common drug medications cause two-thirds of drug reaction-related hospitalizations. In a study published in the Nov. 24 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified four high-risk blood thinners and diabetes medications—warfarin, insulin, oral anti-platelet agents and oral hypoglycemic agents—that account for a disproportionate share of serious events such as overdoses.