adverse drug reactions

Scientists have written to the Prime Minister and Health Secretary Andrew Lansley expressing their concern about drug failures and adverse drug reactions.

More than 10,000 people die every year from bad reactions to prescribed treatments and scientists are calling for a fresh approach.

The experts believe adverse drug reaction has reach “epidemic proportions” amid rising costs in prescriptions.

Drug testing on animals before they are used on humans is being partly blamed.

The letter claims many increasingly prevalent ailments, like Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, cancers and stroke, remain without adequate treatment.

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Family sues over flu vaccine reaction

A Perth couple whose infant daughter was severely disabled shortly after having a flu vaccine is launching legal action against the Australian pharmaceutical company that distributed the product.

The move comes after the US Food and Drug Administration threatened to revoke CSL’s licence because of manufacturing deficiencies.

Last year a number of children suffered severe reactions to the CSL ‘fluvax’ brand.

Mick and Kirsten Button’s 11-month-old daughter Saba suffered brain injury, as well as liver and kidney failure, a short time after having the flu shot in April last year.

The Button family’s lawyer Julian Johnson says the family is alleging the flu vaccine was faulty.

“In those proceedings it will be alleged that the flu vaccine manufactured by CSL was defective, within the terms of the Trade Practices Act,” he said.

Mr Johnson says the family is also pursuing compensation from the government.

“There will be claims against the State Government in relation to their administration of the flu vaccine program last year, which will run as part of the same court case as the action against CSL,” he said.