By Clodagh Sheedy
SWINE flu vaccination led to a surge in reports of adverse reactions to drugs, the Irish Medicines Board (IMB) has revealed in its annual report.
An extra 900 reports of adverse reactions to the vaccine made the year one of the busiest ever for the board.
The board also seized just under half a million illegal tablets and capsules during the year and shut down more than 1,000 websites which were trying to sell medicines illegally in this country.
The seizures also included 1,650 packs of liquids, 440 packs of creams and 3,582 packs of other assorted illegal products.
The report describes as “unprecedented” the number of adverse reactions to medicines, which was up 19pc on the previous year with reactions to swine flu vaccination making a significant contribution to this rise.
Overall, the IMB received a total of 3,276 notifications of suspected adverse reactions to medicines during the year.
This compared to 2,742 the previous year and was up from 1,907 in 2006.