One of the biggest under-reported health problems is adverse drug reactions
(ADRs), the harmful effects of the medicines our doctors prescribe for us.
These can range from unpleasant rashes all the way to suicide.
In 2008, the European Commission estimated that ADRS kill 197,000 citizens
of EU member states, at a cost of€79 billion. That same year, the
centre-left think-tank Compass reckoned that the NHS alone was spending
nearly £2 billion a year treating ADRs.
And for every patient affected, there is a family in crisis, thousands of
working days lost, collapsed businesses and relationship break-ups.
Drug safety is taken very seriously by drug regulators, but there is a
crucial gap in the chain. Does anyone really listen to the one person who is
really expert: the patient who is taking the drug? What happens when
patients do get a chance to report their own symptoms directly? And do we
really know how important the patient voice could be in improving drug
Come to a special one-day conference on Friday 24 June which will address
these issues – and brainstorm suggestions about how to make the future
ADRS: Is the patient voice loud enough?
The first International Conference on patient reporting of suspected Adverse
Friends House, Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ
PAY ONLY £20 AT THE DOOR ON THE DAY!
Among the speakers will be:
* real patients, telling their own stories
* top UK academics, talking about the first study of direct patient
* government regulators explaining their problems and concerns
* open panel discussion: what can health professionals learn from
For full programme see: www.primm.eu.com
Organised by PRIMM/Drug Safety Research Unit
SENT OUT BY MILLIE KIEVE – organizer of the patient experience section of
the conference. If you would like to speak about your own experience, please
contact me asap