What is this article about?
About 250 000 Australians are hospitalised every year for medicine-related reasons, including adverse drug reactions. Over half of these hospitalisations are thought to be preventable. Ensuring the safe use of medicines is a crucial component of patient safety. Therefore, any known or new adverse drug reactions (ADRs) should always be documented, monitored and communicated appropriately to prevent re-exposure. Although some ADRs are unpredictable, many can be avoided.