An Adverse Drug Event (ADE) is defined as harm experienced by a patient as a result of exposure, misuse, bad dosing, or allergic reaction to a medication. ADEs account for over 700,000 hospitalizations, 4 million emergency room or urgent care visits and over 100,000 deaths each year. ADEs affect nearly 5% of hospitalized patients.
Clinicians have access to an armamentarium of more than 10,000 prescription medications, and nearly one-third of adults in the United States take 5 or more medications.
In pharmacology, ADE’s are defined as unexpected or dangerous reactions to a drug. These unwanted effects caused by the administration of a drug may begin at the onset of the medication being taken or an adverse reaction may develop over time and can take place by introduction of new prescriptions.
Those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, have comorbid conditions that increases the number of medications taken.