When you have a prescription filled, you trust that the medication you receive will bring healing, not harm. Sadly, current statistics show that seven thousand people die each year from prescription medication errors.
Types of Medication Errors
There are a wide variety of ways medication errors can become medical malpractice cases, including:
- Prescribing the wrong drug
Patients can receive the incorrect drug due to either physician error in prescribing or pharmacist error in labeling or dispensing. Wrong drug errors create two types of serious issues: the patient is deprived of the benefit that the proper drug can provide, and the wrong drug can cause serious health problems.
- Overdosing and underdosing
Sometimes medication errors occur when the wrong dose of a drug is dispensed, known as either overdosing or underdosing. These can result when a physician prescribes the incorrect dose or a pharmacist incorrectly labels or dispenses medication.
- Drug interactions
Many drugs interact with other drugs, and that interaction can be highly dangerous if a physician does not properly review all of a patient’s medications.
- Side effects
Every drug has potential side effects—but if a physician doesn’t warn a patient about serious potential side effects, the patient doesn’t know what to watch for. The results can be catastrophic. In some cases, the doctor is required to monitor the patient to look for side effects the patient can’t see. Failure to educate or monitor a patient can be negligent behavior on the part of the medical provider.
- Allergic reactions
Reactions can occur when a patient receives a drug they are allergic to. They can also result from “cross-reactivity,” when two or more drugs have a similar chemical composition. Negligence can occur when a patient receives a drug that is cross-reactive with one the patient has a known allergy to.
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Dr. Jack Tolliver is a successful physician and medical malpractice lawyer who understands the complexities of both hospitals and courtrooms.
If you or a loved one has suffered from medication errors, we encourage you to contact our firm. With our team’s medical experience, we can thoroughly and quickly review your case at no charge. If we accept your case, we will pursue maximum compensation. We never pass on costs and expenses if we do not recover damages.
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