Medication errors take many forms. For example, pharmaceutical companies can produce defective drugs, advertisers can misrepresent the medication, doctors can prescribe the wrong drug, pharmacists can prepare the wrong prescription, and nurses can administer the wrong dosage.

According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, common causes of medication mistakes include poor communication, job stress, lack of adequate training or experience, ambiguities regarding the prescription, misapplied techniques, and patient confusion. Despite the fact that various parties could ultimately be responsible for a prescription error, patients often turn to their primary care physician for answers—and damages.

Let’s examine three of the most common prescription errors:

1. The provider prescribed a dangerous dosage.

If the dosage you prescribed is relatively safe, the patient might have just had a bad reaction to it. If the dosage seems a bit high upon further review, though, look over the literature provided by the pharmaceutical company and consider why you thought it should have been safe. Depending on the materials provided to your practice, the pharmaceutical company could be liable, too.

2. The provider failed to consider other medications the patient was taking.

As a healthcare provider, it’s your job to gain a comprehensive understanding of every patient’s medical history and lifestyle. If a patient fails to tell you about a particular supplement he or she is taking, though, you may not necessarily be liable for any bad interactions that occur, especially if you asked several times and advised the patient that the drug should not be combined with anything else.

3. The provider’s team administered the wrong drug or dosage.

In nursing homes and hospitals, it is common for nurses to administer medication that doctors prescribe. If the nurse makes an error when doing so because he or she has not had adequate training, the facility is more likely to be liable than you are.

Advice for Healthcare Providers Being Sued over Prescription Errors

Claims involving medication mistakes can result in substantial settlements and verdicts. For this reason, defendants should do everything possible to fight the allegations and disprove any liability. This includes:
  • Gathering all documentation and records regarding the patient’s prescription;
  • Gathering all literature your office has on the drug in question;
  • Hiring a lawyer as soon as you learn of the pending case; and
  • Remaining polite and professional when speaking to the plaintiff but deferring all questions regarding the case to your lawyer.
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