PRESCRIPTION DRUG & MEDICATION ERRORS
Visiting the pharmacy to get a prescription filled can be dangerous. Nearly 4.3 billion prescriptions were filled by pharmacists in 2014 alone. The more prescriptions that are filled, the greater the chances that a medication error will occur. In the United States, at least 1 death occurs per day and 1.3 million people are injured each year due to medication errors (Food and Drug Administration). Errors in medication are a major source of medical mistakes that can cause injury or death.
Prescription and medication errors can occur in hospitals, pharmacies, doctor’s offices, and over the internet. Prescription and medication errors that can occur in pharmacies or hospitals include:
- Wrong Medication – the patient gets the wrong medication despite the doctor prescribing the correct one
- Wrong Dosage – filling the right drug for the prescription, but in the wrong dosage
- Wrong Patient - prescription intended for another patient
- Drug Name Mix-Ups – several medications have similar sounding names. The physician and pharmacist need to be vigilant about ensuring they are not negligent in prescribing or dispensing the wrong medication
- Wrong Medication Combinations – there are numerous types of medications that should not be mixed because of life-threatening or fatal side effects or cross-reactions when combined.
We have successfully handled and won pharmacy error cases against the largest retail pharmacies in the U.S. If you or your loved one was injured due to a medication or prescription error, contact the Aldridge Law Firm, P.C. for a free consultation.