According to an extensive national study by the Institute of Medicine, over 1.5 million Americans are sickened, injured or killed each year by errors in prescribing, dispensing and taking medications. The report found that the errors were not only harmful and widespread but very costly as well. The extra expense of treating drug-related injuries occurring in hospitals alone was estimated conservatively to be $3.5 billion a year. If you or someone you care about have been the victim of prescription drug errors, contact our experienced Savannah, GA prescription drug error attorneys for legal help in fighting for compensation. At Roden + Love, our personal injury lawyers in Savannah, GA have extensive successful experience handling prescription drug error cases in the state of Georgia.
Medication errors are preventable events that lead to medications being used inappropriately. Medication errors that cause harm are called adverse drug events.
According to the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention, “a medication error is any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm while the medication is in the control of the health care professional, patient, or consumer. Such events may be related to professional practice, health care products, procedures, and systems, including prescribing, order communication, product labeling, packaging, and nomenclature, compounding, dispensing, distribution, administration, education, monitoring, and use.”
Medication errors can happen anywhere, including your own home and in doctors’ offices, hospitals, pharmacies and senior living facilities. Knowing what you are up against can help you play it safe. The most common causes of medication errors are:
- Poor communication between healthcare providers
- Poor communication between providers and their patients
- Sound-alike medication names and medical abbreviations
The FDA defines a medication error as “any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm.” The most common medication errors concern the type of medication and dosage. The most common medication and prescription errors are committed by doctors and nurses administering medication, but pharmacy errors contribute in no small number to medication errors as well. Specifically, medication and prescription errors can include:
- Handwriting errors on prescription slips
- Drug name mix up
- Improper medication combinations
- Incorrect dosage prescribed to a patient
- Diagnostic errors that lead to incorrect prescriptions
- Filling the wrong medication
- Filling the wrong dosage of a prescription medication
- Mislabeling medicine with the wrong instructions
- Providing someone else’s medicine to a customer
According to Medmarx, the anonymous national reporting database operated by U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), 2.4% of the total errors resulted in patient injury. Of this number, 353 errors required initial or prolonged hospitalization and 70 required life-sustaining intervention. 14 resulted in death. Virtually all of these types of medication errors are avoidable.
Common injuries stemming from preventable adverse drug effects include:
- Cardiac arrest
- Organ damage/failure
- Wrongful death
- Brain injury
- Respiratory problems
In extreme cases, the medication error can be fatal. The FDA estimates that medication errors cause over 7,000 deaths each year in the United States.
Medicine is designed to heal and sustain life, but, when medication errors occur, the results can be devastating for patients and their families. At Roden + Love, our Savannah prescription drug error attorneys provide experienced and effective representation to people who have been injured because of medication error. We strive to obtain maximum and fair compensation for both economic and noneconomic losses.
If you suffered adverse medical effects that resulted in serious medical injury, contact an experienced Savannah, GA prescription drug attorney at Roden + Love, headquartered in Savannah, Georgia. Our attorneys have the resources, experience and knowledge necessary to investigate and prepare your case for trial. We prepare the evidence and case to prove that your healthcare provider did not meet the expected level of care.
At Roden + Love, our team of attorneys have years of experience handling cases involving medical malpractice and pharmacy errors, including prescription drug errors. Whether a doctor, nurse, pharmacist or other party is responsible for the medication error that resulted in your injuries, we take time to investigate and gather all evidence in order to aggressively pursue compensation on your behalf. Contact us today at 844-RESULTS to schedule a free initial consultation.