Patients deserve to be safe. When you go to the doctor and get a prescription,
you shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not you got the right
one or if it will interact with other medications you take. In fact, there
is already a system in place to help make sure you don’t end up
with the wrong medication. If you still do, then there was a breakdown
in that safety system, and you may be in a position to seek compensation
for your injuries.

Are medication errors reported often, so you can avoid going to the doctors
or facilities that often cause patients harm? According to the Ohio Quality
and Patient Safety website, the deregulation of facilities in the state
since 1995 has led to a limit on reporting requirements. In Ohio, facilities
are no longer regulated, except for long-term care facilities, so they
are no longer subjected to the certificate-of-need requirements. Ohio
also does not license hospitals, and only six kinds of facilities are
qualified as health care facilities that must report errors when they
take place.

If a medication error takes place at a hospital, for instance, Ohio has
no reportable event program for hospitals to file the error with. These
events are referenced as
adverse events and incidents in the future, so it’s hard to track what the incidents
were. Except for nursing homes, which must report errors, there is no
real event reporting process in the state of Ohio, making it difficult
for patients to learn about doctors and medical providers before they
use their services.