Prescription Drug Errors

The lawyers at Jeffrey M. Goldberg Law Offices know prescription drug errors can cause harmful side effects or even death. Or else due to an error or medical negligence, you may not be getting the right medication to treat a serious illness. You may be entitled to legal remedies for any health conditions caused or aggravated by these serious mistakes.

Prescription medication mistakes mean you were given the wrong drug or the wrong dosage of the right drug. They can also occur if your medication was delivered in the wrong way. For example, some oral medications should never be delivered intravenously (with an IV). These mistakes can cause serious consequences, including health problems, disabilities, and even death. This is a serious type of medical malpractice for which you may be entitled to compensation.

Are medication errors a serious problem in the United States?

Medication errors are such a serious problem that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has started educational campaigns to reduce or eliminate prescription drug errors. This government body tries to eliminate confusing names and ambiguous abbreviations that can lead to mistakes. To understand some of the most common medication problems, it is helpful to consider other examples the FDA cites:

  • IV administration for oral-only medications: For example, nimodipine capsules should only be given orally. IV administration can result in death or serious cardiac problems.
  • Errors dispensing drugs with similar names: Durezol and Durasal are commonly confused. One is an eye treatment, and the other is a wart remover. The consequences for patients who have used the wart remover in their eyes have been painful and serious.
  • Dosing errors: Mistakes in dosages or labels also can be dire. For example, phosphate intoxication from errors in dosages of sodium phosphates has caused hospitalization and even death.

A case published by the National Institute of Health studied one particular pediatric ward that had a high prescription drug error rate. The study compared manual versus computerized dosing:

  • Manual dispensing resulted in an error rate of about 20 percent.
  • Computerized dosing reduced the error rate to about ten percent.
  • The errors may have been minor or major. Some may have been serious errors in dispensing the wrong drugs, but others may have been minor dosage errors.

It is prudent to double-check your prescriptions if possible. However, when you are seriously ill or suffering, this may not be a reasonable thing to ask patients to do. Prescription errors are the responsibility of the medical professional who is ordering, dispensing or administering the medications. If the wrong prescription or wrong dosage caused you harm, you are entitled to just compensation under the law.

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