While prescription drugs are used to help people and treat illnesses, they can also cause serious injuries and even death when the wrong medication is given to a patient. According to a 2006 report by the Institute of Medicine and National Academies, there are about 1.5 million preventable medication errors that cause people harm annually in the United States due to negligent medical professionals.
Understanding Medication Errors
According to the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention, a medication error is defined as “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 the 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.”
Not all of the above accounts of medication errors are caused by pharmacists since doctors, nurses and pharmaceutical companies also make errors; however, pharmacists are at fault in a good percentage of medication errors. When a pharmacist fills and gives out the wrong drug, it is a medication error.
If you or a loved one suffered a health complication such as an allergic reaction due to a medication error, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Victims of allergic reactions to wrong medication are entitled to pursue justice. To find out more, please order a FREE copy of our report How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors, or call a pharmacy error attorney at Kennedy Hodges, L.L.P. for a complimentary consultation at 888-526-7616 today.