Back to Evaluating Patients for Drug-Induced Disease: An ASHP eReport
This ASHP eReport, adapted from the chapter of the same title in the book Drug-Induced Diseases: Prevention, Detection, and Management, will provide the clinician with a concise approach to the patient with suspected drug-induced disease.
Since almost every drug a patient takes has the potential to cause an adverse effect and an associated drug-induced disease, the likelihood that a health care practitioner will encounter a drug-related problem is quite high. Unfortunately, clinicians are often slow to recognize adverse drug reactions and their associate drug induced diseases. Sometimes they are not recognized at all. Because morbidity and mortality associated with drug-induced disease continues to be a major concern and adds considerably to health care costs all health care providers would be well-advised to always ask themselves "Could this be drug-related?" when confronting a patient experiencing new or worsening symptoms.