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More than 1.5 million people are affected each year by errors caused by prescription drug malpractice. Mistakes made in prescribing drugs, administering them, and monitoring prescription drugs are the leading causes of drug malpractice. Such errors not just result in injuries or death but also bump up yearly medical expenses to more than $3.5 billion!

More than 1.5 million people are affected each year by errors caused by prescription drug malpractice. Mistakes made in prescribing drugs, administering them, and monitoring prescription drugs are the leading causes of drug malpractice. Such errors not just result in injuries or death but also bump up yearly medical expenses to more than $3.5 billion!

Some of the types of drugs apart from prescription ones are herbal supplements, vitamins, and over-the-counter products. More and more Americans are taking prescription drugs to manage chronic ailments including blood pressure, depression, diabetes, cholesterol, and so on. The risk of error is always there and one needs to be cautious about their medications.

The process of prescribing and filling in a prescription for a patient is a meticulous one. If a mistake is made the result could cause injury and suffering or could also be fatal to the patient. Based on the correct diagnosis the correct prescription drug needs to be prescribed and in the right dosage in order to treat the patient’s ailment. The doctor needs to ensure that he is fully aware of the patient’s medical history, allergic reactions, and other medication that the patient might be currently taking.

This is very important to rule out any type of adverse interaction or side effect. Once the doctor fulfills his duty the pharmacist needs to provide a properly filled prescription and mention appropriate dosage. He needs to ensure that the patient isn’t taking any other medication that could negatively react with this one.

Types of Prescription Drug errors that could occur to cause medical negligence are:

Drug overdose: When a doctor prescribes more than safe amounts of a particular drug to a patient it might cause severe medical problems or even death. Drug overdose error could also take place if the pharmacist makes a mistake in reading the prescription or fills in a wrong dosage indication in the prescription.

Drug underdose: Drugs can be ineffective if the physician prescribes inadequate amounts of medication. The patient’s health can be severely affected if he or she is not receiving the right dosage of medicines. It is very important that drugs be prescribed in exactly the right amount of dosage – not more, not less.

Wrong medication: The patient’s condition can get worse or several other complications can arise if the doctor goes ahead and prescribes the wrong drug. If the current condition of the patient is left untreated and if the patient continues to take the wrong medicine then he or she could be in big trouble.

Drug interaction: This could take place if the doctor prescribes a drug that reacts negatively with a medicine the patient might already be taking. Drug interaction can lead to serious health issues and might also be fatal.

Allergic Reactions: It could be possible that a patient is allergic to a particular type of medication or drug constituent. The doctor needs to ensure that he reviews the patient’s medical history and look for any allergies they might have to prescription drugs. It is also the duty of a doctor to monitor a patient that is hospitalized with a serious medical condition and see how his or her body reacts to medication.

Error in monitoring effects of prescription medication: After a doctor prescribes a drug to a patient, he needs to analyse the results and test to see how the drug is performing and whether it is favorable for the patient. If he fails to do so, any negative interaction or non-effect of the drug would be unknown.

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