Medical Malpractice and Prescriptions
Whether you realize it or not, medical malpractice can be committed by any member of the medical profession, including pharmacy employees. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), innocent people are affected medication errors ever year. Some believe that more than 1.5 million people suffer injury or illness because of medication errors in the United States annually. Approximately $3.5 billion is spent in hospitals nationwide to treat medication error, related injuries and illnesses. These statistics are unsettling. As a patient, you should be able to trust the healthcare professionals that treat you.
Additionally, when a doctor prescribes a medication, you trust the pharmacy to fill it correctly. What happens if the pharmacy makes a mistake? In the past, patients have suffered serious illness – even death – because of careless and negligent medication errors. Even more people suffer mild and moderate side effects because they are given the wrong medication or the wrong amount of the right prescription. These mistakes are unacceptable. If you or a loved one has suffered because of a prescription error, an attorney from Zinda Law Group is ready to help you understand your rights and get you the financial compensation you may deserve.
About Medication Errors
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According to the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCCMERP), a medication error is a potentially harmful and preventable event that leads to inappropriate medication use by a medical professional or a consumer. Medication errors might involve health care products, a doctor’s professional practice, health care products, medical procedures or misfiled prescriptions. Sometimes, medication errors are the result of mislabeled products, poor monitoring or improper drug distribution. NCCMERP is dedicated to helping people in the United States by organizing medication error prevention efforts and reporting pharmaceutical and prescription errors.
How to medication errors happen?
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Incorrectly prescribed medications are the reason behind many medication errors in the United States. From 1995 to 2000, the number of prescription error related patients deaths rose from 198,000 to 215,000. Prescription errors cost the United States economy billions of dollars every year. How are these errors made in U.S. pharmacies? Sometimes, prescriptions are filled incorrectly because doctors write the prescription illegibly. Also, many drugs have similar names but are used to treat vastly different medical issues.
For instance, methadone and methylphenidate are two different medications with similar names. In one case, a child died after receiving methadone instead of methylphenidate. These drugs have similar names. If written poorly, a pharmacist could easily mistake one name for the other. Similarly, when drug names are prescribed over the phone, a pharmacist could easily mistake drugs that sound like each other and dispense the wrong one. Because of this, the FDA prohibits names that imply medical claims or sound like other drugs.
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Drug companies are focuses on marketing; they want to name their medications something that will entice consumers into purchasing. However, if the name of a drug implies medical benefits, misled consumers may take it and suffer dangerous side effects. Because of this, the FDA is extremely cautious when approving drug names. In short, the FDA requires that companies take into account the possibility of a drug errors and prescription errors when naming their medications.
Zinda Law Group: We Can Help
If you’ve been injured because your doctor or pharmacists made a prescription error, contact us today. At Zinda Law Group, we are dedicated to helping people like you get the legal assistance they need. Suffering an injury or illness is never easy – especially if it was preventable. If you believe that someone else is responsible for your medication error, call today and see what a Personal Injury Attorney can do for your case.