Medication errors can be incredibly dangerous to patients, and there are several points at which they can take place. A doctor could prescribe the wrong medication, for instance, or a pharmacist could mix the wrong formula. A pharmacist could also dole out the wrong medication. As a patient, if you suffer from these mistakes, it can put your life in danger. Drugs that interact can cause problems with your respiratory or nervous system, you could be failing to treat your condition, or you simply could react negatively to the wrong drug.
It’s a fact that 82 percent of American adults take at least one medication every day. Twenty-nine percent of American adults take five or more medications, putting them at an exponentially higher risk than others.
Adverse drug events result in around 120,000 hospitalizations and around 700,000 ER visits every year; these events, for the most part, are avoidable. Unfortunately, they will continue to grow for a number of reasons including the fact that the American population is aging, prescription coverage is more common today than ever before, and because there are new medications and new uses for medications being discovered all the time.
Forty percent of the costs spent on adverse drug events outside hospitals are estimated to be preventable, pointing out how important it is for doctors and pharmacists to provide accurate prescription care.
Our website has more information about what to do if you’ve been a victim of medication errors and have been left with an injury. You may be entitled to compensation or be able to file a lawsuit.