As patients, we put the utmost trust in the healthcare professionals who are taking care of us. We believe that they are fully aware of what the correct medications are for our bodies. But medication errors happen a lot more than you might expect. If you feel that you or someone you know has been prescribed the wrong medication, you deserve justice. Here’s what you need to know about the most common medication errors, how they might occur, and what to do moving forward if you’ve been given the wrong medication.
What Are The Most Common Medication Errors?
There are certain medications that are incorrectly prescribed more often than others. The top ten most commonly misprescribed medications are insulin, anticoagulants, amoxicillin, aspirin, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, hydrocodone/acetaminophen, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, cephalexin, and penicillin. When someone has been prescribed the wrong medication or the wrong dosage of a medication, unintentional overdoses can easily occur. These types of accidental overdoses account for up to 40% of all emergency room visits.
How Do I Know If I’ve Been Prescribed The Wrong Medication?
In most cases, it should be somewhat easy to tell if you’ve been prescribed the wrong medication. In some cases, patients who are prescribed the wrong medication have an allergic reaction and need immediate medical attention. Healthcare professionals who are involved with the prescribing and administering of medication should also be well aware of the other medications a patient may be using and how any new medications may interact with them. It is not just a doctor who might be at fault in this situation. There are many people involved with medications such as physician assistants, nurses, and pharmacists. If you feel that your prescribed medication is causing you any harm whatsoever, consult a local malpractice law firm as soon as you can.
What Should I Do Now?
Hospitals and other healthcare facilities are undoubtedly high-stress work environments, but it’s important that healthcare professionals of all kinds are held responsible when a serious medication error occurs. By working with a trusted medical malpractice legal team, you can easily get the justice that you deserve.
Are You Suffering From The Consequences Of Medication Errors? Contact The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, LLC Today
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