Over 1.3 million Americans are injured each year because of prescription errors. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a medication error, the lawyers at Parker Scheer LLP. Our medical malpractice lawyers have years of experience handling personal injury cases that result in serious injury or death.
Causes of Prescription Error
Errors involving medications can result from a wide range of scenarios, including the following:
- Incorrect medicine being prescribed or given to the patient
- Incorrect dosage- either too large or too small- being prescribed or given to the patient
- Failure by a medical professional to give the patient medication on time, or complete failure to give the patient their medication
- Failure by a medical professional to check patient history for allergies, potential drug interactions or lab results before administering medication
- Incorrect translation of a doctor’s handwriting by either the nurse or pharmacist
- Incorrect reading of a dosage by a pharmacist, leading to drug overdose
- Confusion of two similarly named drugs by a medical professional
- Incorrect labeling of prescription drugs
- Reckless prescription of a drug for a patient with past issues with substance abuse
According to the national coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention, a prescription error is a preventable event which causes or leads to the inappropriate use of medication or harm to the patient during the time in which the medication is controlled by the medical professional, patient or consumer. The doctor, pharmacist, or a nurse who administers the medication to the patient can make a prescription error. In severe cases, a medication error can lead to the death of the patient.
The Elderly are the Most At Risk
The risk of falling prey to a medication error is present for anyone who takes prescription medication. According to a recent study by the FDA, nearly half of all medication errors that led to the death of the patient affect those over age 60. The elderly are generally thought to be the most at risk due to the higher number of prescriptions they have.
Steps to take to Prevent Prescription Errors
Preventing all medication errors is impossible. However, there are some steps you can take to decrease the risk. Talk to your doctors about all prescribed medications, and make sure all doctors you see have your complete medical history. In addition, when picking up prescriptions from your pharmacist be sure to double check all of the labels and that you are getting the medication in the proper dose. If something doesn’t seem right to you, be sure to ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you or a loved one has been harmed due to a prescription error, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to handle your case. The state of Massachusetts has strict guidelines and statutes of limitations for all medical malpractice cases, including those involving medication errors.
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