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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.
Kids Rx Errors Order a free copy of The Top 10 Tips to Protect Your Children Against Pharmacy Errors. If you have suffered a prescription error contact our firm today.
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.
Walgreens Pharmacy Error Claims There have been numerous claims brought against Walgreens for pharmacy errors or prescription errors. Order our free book to learn how to take action.
CVS Pharmacy Error Claims If you've been injured because of a CVS Pharmacy prescription error, call us for help with your lawsuit at 888-526-7616.
State Pharmacy Boards If you have been severely injured because of a medication error, contact board-certified attorneys immediately to investigate your case free of charge.
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.

Dangerous Drug Injuries Rising in the United States

David W. Hodges
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Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing pharmacy error, medical malpractice and personal injury law
If you’re wondering how your Texas pharmacy error happened, you’re not alone. A recent report has found that the number of victims hospitalized as a result of medication errors has gone up over 50 percent in recent years. And many of these victims are being treated for completely preventable injuries.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) found that 1.2 million people were injured by medication mistakes in 2004. In 2008, the agency did a follow-up study and found that the number of prescription drug error victims had gone up: 1.9 million people were hospitalized due to medication side effects.

The results of the AHRQ’s studies showed that mistakes can happen in prescribing, dispensing or as a result of consumer errors. For example, many errors resulted from a physician prescribing the wrong drug or dose, some occurred because a nurse administered the wrong drug, and others because a patient used the wrong dose of medication.

Recent studies have uncovered some disturbing facts about medication error injuries:

  • The Institute of Medicine issued a report in 2006 stating that medication mistakes had cost victims an estimated $3.5 billion in lost wages and additional health care expenses.

  • The AHRQ reported that the most common medications involved in errors were corticosteroids, such as asthma medications or arthritis drugs.

  • The highest number of patients who suffered hospital visits and emergency treatment were admitted due to errors with pain relievers, cancer drugs, blood thinners, and heart and blood pressure medicines.

These studies suggested that resolving communication issues, distributing consumer-friendly drug information to patients, and better drug naming and prescription labeling procedures, could prevent many adverse drug events. However, these measures take time and money to put into place--and there’s no surefire way to make sure that someone you love is safe from a medication error.

If you need legal advice on your prescription drug injury case, contact the board-certified Houston pharmacy error attorneys at Kennedy Hodges today. Call (888) 526-7616 or fill out our quick online contact form to start your FREE, one-on-one consultation.

Looking for more answers? Click the link above and we’ll be happy to send you a complimentary copy of our book, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.