What are Prescription Errors?
Prescription medication errors are more common than one might expect. Over a million medication and medical malpractice errors occur in the US each year. When prescribing a medication, a doctor must thoroughly understand the patient’s condition as well as any other medications the patient might be taking, to avoid complications or dangerous drug interactions. A doctor is duty-bound to fully advise the patient of any drug risks, so that the patient can make an informed decision about taking the medication.
– 20 percent threaten the life of the patient
– 30 percent of these prescription errors happen when a drug is prescribed
– 12 percent when a prescription is transcribed at the pharmacy
– 11 percent when a prescription is filled at the pharmacy
– 39 percent when the drugs are administered in a hospital or nursing home
Keep in mind that prescription errors can also result from:
– Dispensing the wrong medication
– Providing the patient the wrong dosage of medication
– Failing to assess known drug allergies or interactions with other medications
When a medical provider, doctor or nurse negligently prescribes the wrong prescription drug medication, that individual should be held accountable. In such cases, you may have a medical malpractice case against your health care provider, doctor or pharmacist. The expert attorneys at O’Connor, Parons, Lane and Noble are dedicated to ensuring that your rights are defended against prescription errors.
O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble Attorneys have the medical knowledge and extensive expertise handling cases involving prescription errors. If a prescription error harmed you or a loved one, talk to an experienced medical malpractice lawyer at O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble. Contact us online or call at 1-908-928-9200 or 1-800-586-5817