In Terence Young's investigation of cisapride in association with his daughter's death, he found that this drug had 76 different names worldwide, including Prepulsid (Canada), Propulsid (United States), Cisawal (India), Esorid (India), Guptro (India), and Alimix (Italy).
Differing drug names globally, and even within large countries, have significant implications for data collection and analyses of adverse events from medications. Data becomes non-transferable and true numbers of people who suffer from adverse effects from prescription medications remain unknown. As a result, health agencies are unable to compare their citizens' adverse events with those experienced by patients internationally and dangerous drugs often remain on markets for physicians to prescribe.
RxISK.org takes a step towards aggregating adverse events data from across the globe - check out RxISK.org's "Heat Map" under "FDA" for a drug of your choice in the search bar.
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