Medication Mistakes Can Cause Serious Health Problems
Prescription errors happen frequently. Depending on the drug and the patient, the results can range from an inconvenience when caught quickly, to catastrophic injury or wrongful death.
The medical malpractice lawyers at The Law Offices of Salazar, Sullivan & Jasionowski have seen many cases of prescription errors. If you or a loved one has been harmed, talk to an experienced Albuquerque prescription error attorney about your medical malpractice claim.
The Wrong Dose, The Wrong Drug Or Other Errors Can Be Catastrophic
When a prescription is the right drug and the right dose at the right time, it can help a patient get well. When someone makes a mistake — a doctor, a pharmacist, a nurse, a clerk — the results can be life-threatening.
A doctor may fail to read a patient’s record and prescribe a drug the patient is allergic to. The drug may be contraindicated because of other drugs the patient is taking or because of allergy. Or the doctor may simply prescribe the wrong medication for the patient’s condition.
Pharmacists may fill the wrong medication because drugs have similar names — or because of other carelessness. A common pharmaceutical error is filling the prescription with the wrong dose. A clerk in the pharmacy may hand the wrong prescription to the patient. The pharmacy should crosscheck a patient’s record as an additional check on contraindications.
Negligent acts can occur at hospitals when drugs are given to the wrong patient at the wrong time. With multiple prescriptions waiting to be delivered and administered, mistakes happen — mistakes that can prove to be catastrophic.