Study says drug side effects often dismissed by doctors

August 29, 2007

The study, published recently in Drug Safety, looked at 650 patients who were experiencing side effects from statins and reported that 87% spoke to their doctors about a possible connection between a statin they had been prescribed and the symptom they experienced afterward.

Physicians frequently ignore or dismiss what their patients tell them about potentially harmful side effects they may be experiencing from the drugs they are taking. The study, published recently in Drug Safety, looked at 650 patients who were experiencing side effects from statins and reported that 87% spoke to their doctors about a possible connection between a statin they had been prescribed and the symptom they experienced afterward. Even for common side effects of the drug, about 50% of the time patients said their concerns were either dismissed or not addressed. Researchers also found that patients were more likely than doctors to raise a connection between their medicines and their

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