When you visit a medical professional, you trust that they can help your health concern and know the right medication to prescribe. Prescribing medications can be complicated and must be handled with care. Unfortunately, mistakes can have serious consequences for your long-term health. The attorneys and staff at Curtis & Co. understand how scary this can be. Rest assured, we are here to help with your medical malpractice claim.
A medication error is considered any administration of inappropriate medication use while the medication is in the health care professional’s control. While you may assume this is limited to doctors, it’s not. Sometimes nurses fail to follow doctor’s orders and make adjustments without their consent.
Some common medical errors include:
- Providing patients with the wrong medication
- Improperly administering medications
- Prescribing the wrong dosage
- Ignoring patient medical histories
- Overlooking adverse drug interactions with existing medications
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While doctors and nurses can be accused of making errors, pharmacists must also be held responsible. They can also make significant errors, such as making a mistake when they are overworked and moving too quickly, having several medications with similar names, providing an incorrect drug dosage or putting the wrong medication in the bottle. When they are being trained, it is up to their management to make sure they act in accordance with all New Mexico laws. If they fail to adhere to this standard, you can hold pharmacists accountable for their errors.
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While your medical provider is ultimately responsible for your care, it’s important to know how you can reduce the chances of serious medication errors. When you meet with medical professionals, be sure to ask questions about the prescription, possible side effects and adverse drug interactions. Compare your medication with the description of what it should look like. Immediately stop taking any medication if you start to feel worse and seek medical assistance.
If you have questions about a potential medication error case, call our Albuquerque office today at (505) 871-3740 or fill out our contact form.