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Drugs sometimes cause serious injuries to the livers of patients, with loss of hepatic function leading to illness, disability, hospitalization, and even life threatening liver failure and death or need for liver transplantation. As our aging world population uses more and more drugs, as well as self-prescribed over-the-counter medications, so-called “dietary supplements,” special diets, alcohol, and is exposed also to environmental chemicals, chances of such injury are rising. The site is sponsored by the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), together with the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), the Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network (DILIN) of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).
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