Medication errors injure more than one million people a year in the United
San Diego medical malpractice lawyers, we know that mistakes can occur at any step of the process, including
prescribing, dispensing, and administering medications.
To reduce the risk, patients should take an active role in their medications.
The most important thing patients can do is keep an active list of all
of their medications, including over-the-counter medicines, supplements
and prescribed medications. This list should be provided to all of your
health care professionals, including your primary care physician, dentist,
and any specialists.
In addition, any time you are prescribed a new medication, you should make
sure you completely understand why you need it and how it should be administered.
Key questions to ask include:
- What is the name of the medication and is a generic available?
- What condition(s) will the medication treat?
- How and when should the medication be taken?
- How long is the course of treatment, and must the medication be re-filled?
- What side effects may occur and when should they be reported to the doctor?
When receiving emergency treatment, patients should also consider appointing
a family member to oversee their medical care and any medications administered.
A recent study revealed that critical care patients are twice as likely
to receive the incorrect medication. Even more concerning, 20 percent
of these errors are life threatening, while 42 percent require additional
If you or someone you love has suffered from a medication error that resulted
in harm, don’t hesitate to contact
a San Diego personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.