What Happens When Prescribed the Wrong Medication?
April 15, 2017 | Medical Malpractice
Prescription drugs have life-saving powers, and can improve the quality of life for the millions of people who take them. However, prescription drugs also have the potential to be dangerous, and when an error is made, a patient may suffer serious harm.
Types of Prescription Drug Errors
Prescription drug errors occur for myriad reasons. These reasons including making an error when recording notes on a patient’s chart, misreading patient information, confusing similar sounding medications, misreading prescription information due to poor handwriting, failing to account for other medications taken by the patient, failing to account for another health condition of the patient, and more. Some prescription errors include:
- Being prescribed an off-label medication;
- Bad drug interactions (prescribing a medication that should not be taken with another medication);
- Allergic reaction;
- Dosage errors; and
- Drug mix-ups.
In most cases, prescription drug errors are preventable, and would not occur but for a lack of exercising the property duty of care.
What To Do after a Prescription Error
Taking the wrong medication, the wrong dosage of medication, or a medication that has a bad reaction with another drug can have dangerous side effects, including permanent disability or death. If you have suffered a prescription error that would not have occurred but for the negligence of your doctor, pharmacist, or a pharmaceutical manufacturing company, you can seek damages by filing a civil action against the at-fault party.
At the offices of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, our pharmaceutical litigation attorneys can meet with you to discuss your case and provide you with legal guidance. Contact us today for your free consultation.
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