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Dangerous and Defective Drugs If you put your trust in a pharmaceutical company and were hurt by their product, you deserve compensation for your suffering.
Wrong Medication Did you receive the wrong medication or incorrect prescription from a pharmacy? If you have suffered because of a medication error please call us for a free case review.
Wrong Dosage Common forms of medication error: incorrect dosage error. Order our free book to learn how to protect yourself and your family from wrong dosage errors.
Other Errors Order our free book, "How to Make Pharmacies Pay for your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors, to learn your rights in prescription error cases.
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Pharmacy Malpractice If you have suffered an injury because a pharmacy dispensed the wrong medication or made an error with your prescription, you are able to file a claim for negligence or malpractice and receive the compensation you deserve.
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Drug & Pharmacy Error Prevention Filing a pharmacy error lawsuit is the only way to make pharmacies take accountability for mistakes. Call our board certified attorneys for a free case review.
State Pharmacy Laws State laws on pharmacy malpractice. Learn the pharmacy error Statute of Limitation laws that apply to your state. Call 877-342-2020 for a free consultation.

Medication Mistakes Still Rampant in Hospital Settings, Study Says

David W. Hodges
Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing pharmacy error, medical malpractice and personal injury law

Many people are aware of the risks of a medication error when they pick up their everyday prescriptions. But did you know that Americans are more worried about suffering a prescription drug mistake than complications from a medical procedure? Even worse, they may be right.

 

A recent study published in U.S. Pharmacist discovered that patient fears about medication mistakes in hospitals are unfortunately well founded:

 

  • Deaths from medication errors increased nearly nine times in hospital outpatient settings between 1983 and 1993. In the same time frame, mistakes increased over two-and-a-half times in inpatient settings.
  • U.S. fatalities from prescription errors increased by 243% between 1983 and 1998, resulting in nearly 10,000 deaths.
  • The increase in medication-related fatalities was greater than that for any other cause of death. 
  • Although the number of prescriptions filed had gradually increased over the 15-year period, researchers could not find a reasonable link between number of prescriptions and the drastic increase in deaths.
  • Physicians were responsible for causing a number of errors, the most common of which were inappropriate dosing, prescribing the wrong medication, and a failure to check medical records or monitor the patient for side effects.
  • A long-term study at a teaching hospital revealed that the most common types of harmful errors involved prescribing medications to which the patient was allergic and prescribing medication in an inappropriate dosage form.
  • Hospital records indicated that 11% to 17% of medication errors were a result of improper dispensing.

 

At Kennedy Hodges, we realize that doctors, nurses and pharmacists are all human beings and are liable to make mistakes. However, we don’t believe that you should be forced to suffer the consequences. If a pharmacist or medical professional caused you to suffer a serious medication injury, we can help you get payment for your medical bills, unnecessary suffering, and loss of income.

 

Call (888) 526-7616 today to get a FREE consultation on your prescription drug error lawsuit with one of our board-certified drug injury attorneys.

 

Want to learn more information about prescription injuries? You can order our informational guide, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.