Medications are meant to make people feel better. These medicines, when administered properly and safely, should help. Because many medications are very powerful, they have to be given at exactly the right dosage or they can cause harm. Additionally, it’s critically important to make sure a patient gets the right medicine. A mislabeled medication bottle or incorrect prescription can spell trouble for a patient who is already dealing with some type of health issue. Even more dangerous, if the wrong medication is given and it is contraindicated for another medication that person is on. In some cases, a person might be given a medication he or she is allergic to. Listed below are some common forms of medication negligence.
- Wrong prescription
- Wrong dosage
- Failing to warn about side effects
- Medication contraindications
- Patient not informed about medication interactions
- Wrong medication
- Mislabeled medication
- Dangerous interactions
- Wrong directions for use
- Prescribing a medication the patient is allergic to
- Not storing the medication properly
- Failing to monitor a patient
Giving a Patient The Wrong Medication
Giving a patient the wrong medication is extremely dangerous. Medications should be dispensed with care, and if there is negligence in the dispensing or prescribing of a medication, a person can get stuck with the wrong medicine. Taking the wrong medication can have serious and lasting side effects. Depending upon the circumstances of the situation or medical condition, it can even be deadly. If you were injured or if you lost a loved one due to a wrong medication being dispensed or prescribed, you need to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible about your case.
Another issue associated with medication negligence is a failure to warn about side effects. Powerful drugs have powerful side effects, and patients need to be given accurate warnings, so they can decide if the benefits outweigh the costs. In some cases, additional considerations or medications may be necessary for a patient to safely take a certain medication. What is important is that a patient be warned about all potentially dangerous side effects. Wrong Dosage
Believe it or not, giving a patient the wrong dosages of a medication does happen in healthcare settings. This can be dangerous for a couple of reasons. First of all, if a patient’s dosage is too low, the medicine won’t have the desired effect. If the medication is meant to be life saving, you’re putting a patient in serious danger. On the other side, if a patient is given a dosage that is too high, the side effects can be very dangerous, depending upon the type of drug prescribed. This can put the patient in danger of potentially irreversible damage or death.
Equally important as getting the correct dosage of a medication is ensuring it isn’t contraindicated for other medications that the patient is taking. Some medications are dangerous when taken together, and they should never be prescribed to the same patient at the same time. If a patient is prescribed a medication that is contraindicated for a medication he or she is already on, that can lead to a very dangerous and preventable situation.
Failing to monitor a patient on a new or potentially dangerous medication in a hospital setting is negligent. Patients who are in the hospital and starting a new medication should be monitored carefully for any reactions or dangerous side effects. If a patent deteriorates or becomes severely ill due to a reaction to a new medication, early intervention is key. That’s why appropriate patient monitoring is so important. If a reaction or allergy is going to happen, it needs to be caught early.
Medication Negligence in Jackson
After any kind of injury or death of a loved one caused by a medication error, it’s essential to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer who has proven medical malpractice case experience. Nobody should get worse while taking a medication due to a healthcare provider’s negligence. Medicine should help patients, not hurt them. With as many powerful medications as we have on the market today, it’s never been more important for doctors and healthcare providers to prescribe and dispense medications with the utmost of care. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one due to medication negligence in Jackson or in any of the nearby Metro Area communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for a free case consultation today.
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