Has a medication or prescription error cost your loved one their life?
Millions of people depend on medications that have been prescribed by their doctors. Unfortunately, these patients are sometimes injured or wrongly killed every year due to prescription mistakes.
There are different causes of wrongful death due to medication. The top causes include wrongfully prescribed medications, pharmacy mistakes, and errors in dosage.
Patients who fill prescriptions from their doctors and receive drugs from a pharmacy trust that they are getting the right medication at the proper dosage. When a doctor or pharmacist makes an error, there can be serious injuries or even death. If you or a loved one has suffered from medication errors, you may be able to hold the medical professionals responsible for their negligence.
The number of people treated in hospitals in the United States for problems related to medication errors has surged more than 50 percent in recent years. Billions of prescriptions are written every year, and thousands of people die due to prescription mistakes. Common mistakes are prescribing the wrong drug or the wrong dose. It has been widely reported that medication errors are among the most common medical errors.
Other causes of prescription errors include:
- Failure to research a drug and warn patients about possible side effects
- Multiple drug prescriptions that should not be taken together
- Prescriptions filled with the wrong medication or the wrong dosage
- Failure to adjust the medication to reflect changes in the patient’s condition
- Failure to review a patient’s medical history
- Prescribing a drug the patient is allergic to
- Providing the wrong warning label or instructions for taking a drug
These errors can result from poor communication, ambiguities in product names, lack of product knowledge or training, mistakes in abbreviations or handwriting, poor procedures, or patient misuse due to inability to understand directions.
Every pharmacy should have procedures in place to prevent errors, and it is the pharmacist’s responsibility to verify prescriptions if there is any doubt about the exact medication the doctor prescribed. Pharmacists must also make sure you understand how to use the medication. Your pharmacist should counsel you on the use of your medication, making sure you know what the medication is, what condition it is intended to treat, and how to take it.
If a friend of loved one has died due to prescription medication, make sure to document everything related to the medication, including the dosage that was taken, as well as times and dates. Do not throw away or return the prescription drug bottles. You should then contact an experienced wrongful death attorney to discuss your legal rights.
Jeff Murphy Law has handled several wrongful death cases due to medication or prescription errors caused by negligent doctors, nurses, and pharmacists. Call today for a free consultation.