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The Australian drug harms ranking study

Yvonne Bonomo, Amanda Norman, Sam Biondo, Raimondo Bruno, Mark Daglish, Sharon Dawe, Diana Egerton-Warburton, Jonathan Karro, Charles Kim, Simon Lenton, Dan I Lubman, Adam Pastor, Jill Rundle, John Ryan, Paul Gordon, Patrick Sharry, David Nutt, David Castle



BACKGROUND/AIM: The aim of the current study was to review drug harms as they occur in Australia using the Multi-criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) methodology adopted in earlier studies in other jurisdictions. METHOD: A facilitated workshop with 25 experts from across Australia, was held to score 22 drugs on 16 criteria: 9 related to harms that a drug produces in the individual and 7 to harms to others. Participants were guided by facilitators through the methodology and principles of MCDA. In open discussion, each drug was scored on each criterion. The criteria were then weighted using a process of swing weighting. Scoring was captured in MCDA software tool. RESULTS: MCDA modelling showed t..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: Funds for this project were provided by the Inclusive Health Fund, St Vincent's Health Australia. The funding body had no role in the design or execution of the project.