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.
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