The Danger of Prescription Drug Errors

One of the most widespread types of medical malpractice is prescription mistakes, which can be deadly for some Delaware patients. Some medication errors go unnoticed by patients, and can cause a severe allergic reaction, or a dangerous interaction with a medication they are already taking.

Reasons for Medication Errors

Fortunately, many patients notice medication mistakes in time. A study by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed that the most common medication mistake was administering the incorrect dosage. In addition, more than half of all fatal medication errors occurred among patients over age 60. Therefore, it is extremely important to make sure that the dosage your doctor recommends is the dosage filled by the pharmacist. Medication errors can also include the incorrect medication, a defective drug, of the failure of a medical provider to reasonably foresee dangerous complications.

Many patients do not realize that another common cause of medication errors is caused by illegal prescriptions or medication abbreviations that doctors use. If a pharmacist is unable to read the prescription, he or she is required to consult with the doctor before filling the script—but this does not always happen.

Who Can Be Held Liable?

There are various medical professionals who can be responsible for medication errors, such as:

  • Doctors
  • Pharmacists
  • Nursing staff or other hospital/medical clinic employees
  • Prescription drug companies
  • Drug manufacturers

If you live in Delaware and have suffered a prescription drug injury, please complete the online form and the Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC will try to find you a Delaware medical malpractice lawyer to take your case, if it appears to be valid.