Everyone has heard drug commercials that sound fantastic until the fine print about the side effects is listed at the end in a sea of rushed words and a laundry list of scary ailments, including death.
Types of Prescription Medication Errors
There are several ways prescription medication errors happen. In addition to withholding prescription medications, errors are usually divided into six categories:
- Dangerous prescription medication interactions
- Prescribing incorrect medications
- Overprescribing unnecessary medications
- Under-prescribing necessary medications
- Administering the incorrect dosage of a medication (typically by a nurse in a hospital setting)
- Prescription medication mix-ups either in type or in dosage
Medication errors can happen in numerous scenarios-- from the doctor prescribing the drug, to the nurse administering the drug, to the pharmacist who is responsible for filling the medication order. Roughly 7,000 people die due to prescription errors every year and many more suffer major injuries and health episodes as a result of these mistakes.
If you suffered serious injuries because of a medication error, or if you think there is overwhelming liability on the negligent party, an experienced San Antonio medication errors lawyer can help you hold that party accountable.
At the Law Offices of Glenn W. Cunningham, we have over 30 years of experience handling medical malpractice matters. Prior to becoming a plaintiff’s attorney, Glenn W. Cunningham defended doctors in medical malpractice cases. He has an insider’s understanding of how medical professionals build their cases, and he uses that knowledge and understanding to benefit his clients.