Medicines Are Biggest Culprit in Fatal Allergic Reactions
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Thursday, October 16, 2014 01:58 PM

"A new study reports that medications are actually the biggest cause of sudden deaths related to allergy.  Over a little more than a decade, nearly 60 percent of the allergy-related deaths were caused by medications, while less than 7 percent were caused by food allergies, the study found."

"Medications can be dangerous," said the study researcher.  "The United States and Australia have some of the highest rate of severe anaphylaxis in countries that are developed.  From 1999 to 2010, the number of fatal drug reactions nearly doubled, according to the researchers."

"While research from other countries has reported medications as a major culprit in anaphylaxis-related deaths," the researcher said, "the problem has been less defined in the United States."