Medication errors can be incredibly dangerous to patients, and there are
several points at which they can take place. A doctor could prescribe
the wrong medication, for instance, or a pharmacist could mix the wrong
formula. A pharmacist could also dole out the wrong medication. As a patient,
if you suffer from these mistakes, it can put your life in danger. Drugs
that interact can cause problems with your respiratory or nervous system,
you could be failing to treat your condition, or you simply could react
negatively to the wrong drug.
It’s a fact that 82 percent of American adults take at least one
medication every day. Twenty-nine percent of American adults take five
or more medications, putting them at an exponentially higher risk than others.
Adverse drug events result in around 120,000 hospitalizations and around
700,000 ER visits every year; these events, for the most part, are avoidable.
Unfortunately, they will continue to grow for a number of reasons including
the fact that the American population is aging, prescription coverage
is more common today than ever before, and because there are new medications
and new uses for medications being discovered all the time.
Forty percent of the costs spent on adverse drug events outside hospitals
are estimated to be preventable, pointing out how important it is for
doctors and pharmacists to provide accurate prescription care.
Our website has more information about what to do if you’ve been
a victim of
medication errors and have been left with an injury. You may be entitled to compensation
or be able to file a lawsuit.