Medication errors can have major health consequences. Studies indicate that more than 7 million patients a year are affected by preventable medication errors, and 7,000 to 9,000 people in the U.S. die each year due to preventable medication errors. When medication mistakes are caused by professional negligence or worse, patients may file lawsuits against those responsible.
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Medication errors are, at their root, human errors, so there will always be a chance of medication mistakes being made in doctors’ offices, in hospitals, or by pharmacies. Studies have found that giving the wrong drug or using the wrong route of administration accounted for about 16 percent of medication errors, and almost half of fatal medication errors occurred in people over 60 years old. Also, about 30 percent of hospitalized patients have at least one discrepancy when their discharge medications are reconciled.
There are some recurring and identifiable causes for medication errors, and circumstances at some chain pharmacies have been uncovered that undoubtedly contribute to such errors.
The most common circumstances and reasons for medication errors are:
Huge pharmacy chains such as CVS Health, Walgreens, and Rite Aid fill billions of prescriptions in the U.S. In fact, they represent more than half the market share of the $440-billion pharmaceutical industry. But reports in The New York Times (NYT) in early 2020 found that many pharmacists at Walgreens and CVS report chaotic, understaffed workplaces and extreme pressure to meet corporate sales goals—a breeding ground for medication mistakes. NYT reporters found that state regulatory boards were overwhelmed by pharmacists’ complaints about their working conditions.
When Are Medication Errors Malpractice?
Medication mistakes are common, but when a medication error is due to negligence and results in a patient being injured, it is medical malpractice.
A doctor, pharmacist, or other health-care professional may be considered negligent if they:
When a patient is harmed by a medication error, they must prove that they have been injured and that their injury is due to negligence by a medical professional, such as the doctor, a nurse, a pharmacist, or the hospital itself to claim malpractice.
If you or a loved one has been injured because of medication errors, contact us.
You may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost work, and other measurable consequences from medicine mistakes.
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