Using prescription medications properly is one of the most effective ways of helping patients cope with injury, pain and illness. Unfortunately, prescription errors made by doctors, nurses and pharmacists can leave Pennsylvania patients with worsening symptoms or an entirely new personal injury.
To remain safe from dangerous drug effects, all patients should be aware of the many things that can go wrong when it comes to prescribed medicines. Below you will find some of the most common prescription errors affecting patients across the nation.
Wrong medicine: Many prescription drug names look and sound very similar to one another. This could result in accidentally ingesting a drug that could cause a serious personal injury.
Drug interactions: It is up to health care professionals to take all things into account when prescribing drugs, including other medicines a patient may be taking. This helps patients avoid further injury by ensuring that all prescribed and over-the-counter drugs do not interact together in a dangerous manner.
Improper dosage instructions: Whether the doctor prescribed the wrong dose, or the pharmacist transcribed the dosage improperly, taking the wrong amount of medicine is often harmful to patients.
Patients injured because of prescription errors can find a satisfactory solution for their suffering by considering a lawsuit. To learn if you have grounds for a personal injury claim due to drug errors, consider discussing your story with a lawyer.
Those who have lost a loved one because of a prescription error can also find a legal remedy by talking with an attorney. Holding responsible parties liable for errors that caused you or your family harm helps encourage all medical professionals to practice caution when prescribing medications.