Medication Errors

24093069_mMedication errors are frighteningly common. They often go unnoticed, and do not always cause harm, but medication errors can be fatal. For survivors, the consequences can include permanent harm and impairment, or a shorter life expectancy. Medication errors fall under medical malpractice, and a very small number also involve product liability.

Examples of Medication Error

Medication errors include:

  • Prescription or administration of the wrong drug
  • Prescription or administration of the wrong dose, either too much or too little
  • Administration to the wrong patient
  • Improper delivery method, such as administering an intravenous-only medication outside of the vein
  • Missed dose or administration of an extra dose, due to poor record keeping
  • Inappropriate medication for the patient’s medical history, including allergies, prior medical conditions, and the medications and supplements they are taking
  • Inappropriate medication for the current medical condition
  • Continuing a medication that is not working
  • Failing to obtain informed consent before prescribing or administering an experimental drug
  • Administering pain killers or sedatives to an intoxicated patient

Administration Errors Involving Defective Labelling

In some rare cases the wrong drug or the wrong dose is given to a patient, partly as a result of poor labelling. When this happens, your case may fall under both medical malpractice and product liability.

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