More over-the-counter poisonings

14th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

14 June 2007, BILTHOVEN – The number of poisonings with easily obtained medicines like painkillers paracetamol and ibuprofen has risen dramatically. The National Poison Information Centre (NVIC) announced this on Thursday.

14 June 2007

BILTHOVEN – The number of poisonings with easily obtained medicines like painkillers paracetamol and ibuprofen has risen dramatically. The National Poison Information Centre (NVIC) announced this on Thursday.

The institute received 321 reports of poisoning resulting from errors in using medication. In more than 70 percent of the cases these errors occurred in the home.

In many cases the wrong medicine had been advised at the pharmacy, or the wrong dose was taken. The number of poisonings with over-the-counter medicines has been on the rise for years.

The NVIC, a division of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), received more than 37,000 requests for information on acute poisoning last year, 5 percent more than in 2004. These poisonings involved medication or drugs.

The number of reports of drug poisonings fell for the first time in years, dropping by 17 percent to 1,146 in 2006.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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