Based on 2,458 anaphylaxis-related deaths in the United States, they found that medications accounted for 59% of deaths
According to an article in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
, allergy-related sudden deaths—are mostly caused by medications and have increased significantly in the United States in recent years. They were also more prevalent in African American and older adult populations.
The article stated that in 74% of the anaphylaxis deaths analyzed, specific medications were not reported. But when they were, the research team found that nearly one-half of the identified medications were antibiotics, followed by radiocontrast agents and chemotherapeutics. Followed by unspecified causes (19%), venom (15%), and food (6.7%).
“Anaphylaxis has been dubbed ‘the latest allergy epidemic,’” said Elina Jerschow, MD, MSc, lead author of the study and Director of the Drug Allergy Center at Montefiore Medical Center, in a written statement. “We hope these findings will help in identifying specific risk factors and allow physicians to formulate preventative approaches.”
As cold and flu season
approach, more and more people will be prescribed antibiotics and similar medications
. Researchers hope the results bring increased awareness of the need for a better understanding of anaphylaxis deaths and by educating pharmacists
and other healthcare professionals, they can help educate the general public.
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