Examples of Medication Errors
A medication error is defined by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) as “any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm while the medication is in the control of the health care professional, patient, or consumer.”
Anyone involved in the prescribing of medication can be held liable if it is determined that negligence led to a patient’s injury or death. This includes doctors, nurses, hospitals, pharmacists, the pharmacy department, and the pharmaceutical manufacturer.
Examples of medication errors that can lead to injury include:
- Administering wrong medication or dosage
- Mislabeled medication
- Failing to account for allergies and interactions when prescribing medication
- Failing to warn of possible side effects (a communication error)
Medication errors can also be the result of manufacturing errors on the part of the pharmaceutical company. In this case, the claim will need to be made against the manufacturer.