Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 06, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study on ways to better design drugs to prevent serious, and sometimes even fatal, adverse drug reactions.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-2/this-is-the-cause-of-18-million-er-visits-every-year) notes, as many as 70% of seniors make mistakes when taking their medications, and it’s estimated that about 18 million emergency room visits are caused by harmful reactions to drugs.
As the article “This is the Cause of 18 Million ER Visits Every Year” reports, Spanish researchers recently set out to find a solution as to how scientists can determine if a medication is safe and how to better design medications to prevent potential adverse drug reactions.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article states that the researchers began by looking at the molecular structure of a large group of drugs. Of the 1,162 side effects determined for these drugs, 446 could be explained solely on the basis of biology (the effects they caused in the body) and 68 only on the basis of their chemistry (the chemicals they are made from). Another 648 needed both biological and chemical considerations to determine why side effects might occur.
The article concludes by noting that the researchers are working on ways of mapping biological and chemical interactions of drugs that could potentially cause adverse effects. They hope to pass this list on to doctors and pharmaceutical companies to alert them of the danger of unexpected side effects.
(Source: Duran-Frigola, M., et al., “Insights into Drug Side Effects,” Chembiol 2013.)
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