Medication Errors

Some medical malpractice lawsuits come from different types of medication errors made by healthcare providers. 

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), 7,000 to 9,000 people in the United States die as a result of medication errors each year. There are close to 6,800 prescription medications and even more available over the counter in the U.S. 

Medication errors are a failure in the treatment process that leads to or has the potential to lead to, patient harm. There are several different types of medication errors, each with its own nuances and consequences. 

Common Types of Medication Errors

  1. Prescribing Errors – these include prescribing the incorrect dosage, the wrong medication, or prescribing a medication the patient is allergic to.
  2. Administration Errors – when medications are given to the wrong patient or via the wrong route of administration. This can also include incorrect timing of medication administration or missed and double doses.
  3. Documentation Errors – these include incomplete or inaccurate medication records and the failure to document medication administration or patient response to medication.
  4. Dispensing Errors – this occurs when a pharmacy dispenses the incorrect medication or the medication includes incorrect labeling or packaging.
  5. Monitoring Errors – when a healthcare provider fails to monitor patient response to a medication or fails to recognize and address adverse reactions or side effects.
  6. Communication Errors – this includes a lack of communication between healthcare providers and miscommunication between healthcare providers and patients.
  7. Storage and Handling Errors – this includes improper storage leading to medication degradation or mishandling leading to contamination or spoilage.

CONSEQUENCES OF MEDICATION ERRORS

  1. Adverse reactions to medication

  2. Negative interactions between medications

  3. Exacerbation of medical conditions

  4. Additional treatment or hospitalizations

  5. Death

Medication errors are preventable and can lead to life-altering consequences for patients.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or harm from a medication error we can help. Call Powers Taylor today. Our attorneys are experienced with all types of medical malpractice cases. We value each client and will fight to get you the justice you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation. All calls are confidential.

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