Prescribing the wrong medication is not a simple mistake but can steal lives sometimes. When the medication prescribed goes wrong, it can be considered medical malpractice, causing long-term harm to a patient. Never believe that only a doctor can make a medication error. It can happen to the person who transcribes the doctor's prescription, the person who dispenses the medication, or the person who administers it.
A physician may be perplexed if they confuse one medication for another due to similarity in names. A mistake can also be made by a transcriptionist or a nurse who misunderstands the physician's shorthand. Again, the pharmacist or person who dispenses the medicine may administer the incorrect medication due to illegible handwriting. The nurses who administer the medication may use the incorrect method of administration, further complicating the situation. If medicine is administered without first assessing a patient's condition and is not monitored, it can have negative consequences. Medicines in similar-looking containers can be perplexing to both the pharmacist and the people who use them.
FDA's Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS)
Any type of medication error can be voluntarily reported to the FDA's Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS). The most common errors reported are administering the incorrect medication or dose and administering a medication that may interact with the patient's other medications. Prescribing unauthorized drugs, failing to warn the patient about side effects, and prescribing a drug or pill to which the patient is allergic are all serious errors.
Medication errors can have a wide range of consequences, ranging from minor discomfort to serious health problems. It is possible to experience nausea, vomiting, dizziness, aggravated pre-existing symptoms, disabilities, congenital disabilities, coma, or death.
Medical malpractice lawsuit and medication error
Aside from a physician, nurse, and pharmacist, a pharmaceutical company can also be held liable for mislabeling, manufacturing, or packaging errors that cause people to be misled. Whoever makes a mistake may cause a patient to be permanently disabled. Every citizen is entitled to adequate and high-quality medical care. When something negatively impacts their quality of life, they have the right to sue the person who caused the harm.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) laid down guidelines for manufacturing and distributing medications in the United States. The acts used by the federal government to regulate medication errors were Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations, the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005, and the National Medical Error Disclosure and Compensation Act of 2005.
How to prevent medication errors
Medication error is also a kind of medical error. On the one hand, the patient should be aware of the type of medication he is taking. He should notify the doctor if he has any allergies. The doctor must inform the patient about the medication's potential side effects. If you experience any discomfort after taking the medication, please notify your doctor.
Everyone, from the patient to the nurse, should take precautions to prevent medication errors. MedWatch and all health professionals should be on the lookout for medication errors. In the event of a medication error, contact a medical malpractice attorney to seek compensation. Having your medical documentation as an evidence, you can make your claim valid.