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What are some common kinds of medication errors?

On Behalf of | May 16, 2022 | Medical Malpractice

After taking a new prescription for a few weeks or months, you may begin to notice signs that something about your physical health is not the same as before.

Medication errors can cause drug reactions that can lead to serious health problems, especially if you are taking multiple medications at a time. Learning about the kinds of errors that doctors commonly make is important if you think you are suffering from this form of malpractice.

Rushed instructions or discussions

According to the National Library of Medicine, the information the patient receives is crucial to how safe they are while taking the medicine. A misspelled word or name could lead to a wrong prescription getting filled or an unsafe dosage.

When doctors rush through appointments or fail to check for errors, malpractice can often happen. Communicating the usage and name of the medication clearly is important.

Inadequate knowledge

If your doctor does not realize that your new medication interacts poorly with one of your older ones, then this could lead to worse problems later on. They could recommend the wrong medication for a certain health condition, not realizing that it would cause more harm to you.

This kind of malpractice can happen if a medical professional forgets or ignores guidelines meant to help patients and doctors.

Miscommunication between staff

When a doctor relies on the staff around them to help them, unorganized members of the staff may mislabel or incorrectly administer the drugs. The busier an office is, the more likely you may encounter a medication error, which can indicate that there is medical malpractice happening.


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