Our medication mistake lawyers can help you or someone you care about for injury or death caused by a medication error. These errors are preventable. A hospital, clinic, or pharmacy can be held liable for compensation due to injuries caused by a prescription drug mistake
The National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention, defines a medication error as any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm while medication is in the control of the health care professional. Over 1.3 million Americans are injured every year due to medication errors. Many of these mistakes result in death.
Most Common Medication Errors & Mistakes
The most common medication errors include:
- Incorrect dose of medicine given to patient
- Wrong drug given to a patient
- Giving out to many prescriptions
- Mixing the incorrect combination of drugs
- Giving a medication to a patient who is allergic to it
- Not monitoring the patient for side-effects from the drug
Medication Error Statistics
According to a study done by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), between 1993 and 1998:
- 41% of fatal medication errors involved administration of an improper dose of medicine.
- 16% of medication errors accounted for giving the wrong drug and using the wrong route of administration.
- Almost half of the fatal medication errors occurred in people over the age of 60.
How To Prevent Medication Errors
Unfortunately, medication errors will happen, and even though they are due to the negligence of a doctor or hospital for example, it is a good idea to follow a few of these safety precautions to help prevent mediation errors. These include:
- Ask the hospital or your doctor to explain clear directions and explanations for any medication he or she is prescribing (name of the drug, correct dosage, what the drug is used for, storage requirements, any special instructions)
- Be sure to tell your doctor the names of all prescriptions and non-prescription drugs, dietary supplements, and herbal preparations you are taking at the time he or she writes the prescription
- Be sure to tell your doctor of any pre-existing health conditions you have had, as well as your current health condition.
- Make sure your doctor is aware of any allergens you may have, as certain medications may cause you to have an allergic reaction.
- Never be afraid to ask questions. If you are ever in suspicion of any mediation you are taking, make to ask, and ask right away.
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