There have been incredible advances made in pharmaceutical medicine over the course of the past century and these discoveries have saved lives and helped sick individuals contend with symptoms that would otherwise have been unbearable. Part of the reason that these drugs are so successful is that they are comprised of highly potent chemicals in precise combinations.
But that very same advantage can quickly become a danger if there is any mistake in the administration of a drug due to a prescription error. In the fast-paced and bureaucratically layered hospital environment, such errors occur with stunning regularity.
If you or your loved one has been sickened and required additional medical attention to address the adverse effects of a pharmaceutical mishap, we can help you pursue the financial compensation necessary to cover relevant damages.
Different Kinds of Prescription Errors
Though prescription errors can occur in any medical setting, they are more likely in a hospital environment than in a traditional single practitioner physician’s office. In a single physician setting, the doctor knows the patient, assesses his or her condition, writes the prescription, and may even directly engage the pharmacist to ensure that it is properly filled. Compare this to a busy hospital where doctors only have fleeting interactions with patients and there is an entirely different chain of events under which something might potentially go wrong. Different kinds of prescription errors include:
- Prescription of wrong dosage
- Prescription of the wrong drug
- Illegibility of a doctor’s writing may lead a pharmacist to provide the wrong medicine
- Similar drug names and packaging can create confusion
Healthcare providers have an obligation to eliminate preventable mistakes that endanger patient safety.
Contact the Des Moines hospital prescription error lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. today at (515) 705-0233 to speak with a skilled and experienced attorney about your possible case.