Unfortunately, the answer to the second question may not be a straightforward one. Many of these errors are a result of name confusion, whether between brand names, generic names, or brand-to-generic names. For example, the anti-inflammatory Toradol was often confused with tramadol, the generic name of a painkiller similar to morphine.
Here are just a few parties who may be held responsible for your wrong medication mistake:
- Doctors. If a doctor’s handwriting resulted in drug name confusion, he may be held liable for the medication mistake.
- Nurses. Nurses or hospital staff members may be liable if they misread the medication name or administered another patient’s drugs to your family member.
- Caretakers. People who have been entrusted with your family member’s well being, such as private nurses or EMTs, can make simple mistakes that have serious consequences.
- A third party. If your loved one was injured due to a serious oversight in a major care facility, including a hospital or nursing home, it could be liable for negligence.
- Pharmacists. Both a pharmacy and its staff members may be accountable for injuries that occurred at company location.
Name confusion has caused multiple drug injuries over the years. Not only do many medications sound-alike, but they may also be confused as a result of handwriting or typing mistakes, such as when iodine is mistyped or written as Lodine, a common anti-inflammatory.
The FDA has protocols in place to prevent these kinds of errors, but it may take months or even years for a potential error to be corrected. It was only after a patient died as a result of drug name confusion between the diabetes medication Amaryl and the Alzheimer’s drug Reminyl, that the FDA took action, changing Reminyl to Razadyne to prevent the mistake from happening again.
Although the generic name must be assigned before the trademarked name, there is no guarantee that a brand name will not look or sound similar to a generic form already on the market. The only way to stop these mistakes from occurring is to demand accountability from the people responsible, ensuring that they take steps to prevent the injury from happening to someone else.
Our prescription drug error lawyers can provide legal advice on your medication injury case, getting you and your family the help you need to heal. Call Kennedy Hodges today at (888) 526-7616 or fill out our quick contact form above to get a FREE, one-on-one consultation.
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