According to a recent publication by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), 7,000 to 9,000 people die as a result of a medication error in the United States alone. Medication errors can occur at various steps of patient care, from administering an incorrect amount of medication to filing the wrong drug at the pharmacy. Regardless of what step the error takes place at, the results can lead to devastating injuries and even fatalities. Learn more about common medication error malpractice claims in Maryland, and call the Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek for more assistance with your medical malpractice claim.
Administering the Wrong Medication
Physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals can be liable for prescribing or administering the wrong medication to a patient. The mistake may involve the medication itself or the dosage of the medication. Medical professionals may also fail to administer the drug correctly. For example, a nurse may incorrectly inject a drug into a patient’s blood vessel when it should have been directed into fatty tissue just beneath the skin.
Improper Medication Combinations
A particular medication can be beneficial when taken in isolation, but cause extreme damage or fatality when combined with another medication. Medical professionals that fail to read the medication correctly or fail to assess a patient’s medical history could improperly combine medicine. The medical professional who prescribes medication has a duty to assess the patient’s allergies to avoid harmful interactions between medications.
Failure to Warn the Patient
The doctor, nurse, or pharmacist that prescribed the medication has a duty to warn his or her patient about any common side effects. Similarly, medical professionals must also inform the patient about foods, substances, activities, etc., that the patient should avoid while taking a particular drug.
Adverse Effects of Medication
In many cases, the physician knew or should have known that the risks of the drug he or she prescribed outweigh the overall benefits. Many prescription medications can have dangerous side effects, and a physician must review the patient’s history reasonably before prescribing any medication. Further, the patient must also provide their informed consent, meaning that he or she was well aware of the risks associated with the medication.
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