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Prescription Drug Errors

As patients, we trust that our doctors, nurses and pharmacist prescribe or administer the right medicine and dosage. Medical professionals failing to do so can result in life-altering injuries, and sometimes death for patients.

Every year, 1.3 million people are harmed by prescription drug errors. Human error is the most common cause of prescription drug mistakes. Such an error can occur at any point in the process of distribution such as prescribing, dispensing and labeling.

Attorney for Prescription Drug Errors in Montgomery County, TX

If you believe a prescription drug error, has seriously injured you or a loved one, you should contact Evans & Powell, PLLC. We are experienced in many areas of medical malpractice and will do everything in our power to achieve the best possible outcome for your situation.

Call Evans & Powell, PLLC today at (713) 622 - 2000 to schedule a free case consultation, or submit your information in the online contact form. We represent clients who were injured by prescription drug errors in communities in Montgomery County and Harris County such as Conroe, The Woodlands, Oak Ridge North, Spring, Houston and surrounding areas.

Overview of Prescription Drug Errors in Montgomery County, TX

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What is a Prescription Error?

Prescription drug errors happen more than people realize. The National Coordination Council for Medication Error Prevention considers a medication error as any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm. 

Many mishaps can cause a prescription error. Some of these causes include poor communication, poor procedures or techniques, ambiguities in product names, direction for use and medical abbreviations.

According to a report from the U.S Food and Drug Administration, the most common prescription drug errors include the following:

  • Prescribing the wrong dosage
  • Prescribing the wrong medication
  • Filling the prescription with the wrong medication
  • Not giving proper instructions on how to take the drug
  • Failing to warn of side effects
  • Prescribing medication that is not appropriate for the patient’s conditions
  • Improper combination of medications

Many medication errors stem from poor communication, mainly confusing abbreviations between doctors and pharmacist. For example, T-W-I is used to indicate that a drug should be taken three times a week, but if the pharmacist misinterprets the doctors writing, the patient could be wrongly informed to take the medication three times a day, or twice a week. 

Different medications have to be administered in certain ways. For instance, if a drug needs to be given by a shot in a specific location, then a nurse must administer the medicine in the form of a shot and in the proper area. If a nurse fails to do so, they could be held liable in a lawsuit.

The injuries that can be sustained from prescription drug errors vary depending on what drug was given, and how little or too much.

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Pharmacy Negligence

Doctors are not the only cause of medication errors. While they may write the prescription, they are not the only professional who could be held liable for a medication error. Pharmacy negligence can be just as terrifying and is typically considered medical malpractice in court. 

Pharmacist and pharmacy technicians are tasked with filling and dispensing medication to patients, many of who are sick or are required to take certain medications daily. Pharmacy negligence includes many of the points listed above, along with the following:

  • Providing incorrect labels for prescriptions
  • Failing to provide instructions to patients
  • Failing to recognize dangerous drug interactions
  • Entering inaccurate or incomplete information about the patient 

Even the smallest mistake in filling a prescription can lead to life-altering injuries and sometimes death. When there are real errors and injury because of pharmacy negligence, a pharmacist may be held liable for malpractice. 

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Additional Resources for Prescription Drug Errors in Harris County, TX

Types of Medication Errors– Visit the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention to learn more about medication errors. The site features two charts that help classify prescription drug errors according to the severity of the outcome. The NCC MERP is an independent body that is made up of 27 national organizations that strive to prevent medication errors.

Operational Standards for Prescription Dispensing and Delivery– Read through the Texas State Board of Pharmacy laws and rules on filling and dispensing prescription drugs. You can familiarize your self with how prescription medications should be labeled. The TSBP regulates the practice of pharmacy in Texas.

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Lawyer for Prescription Drug Errors in Harris County, TX

Filing a medical malpractice suit can be complicated and stressful, but Evans & Powell, PLLC can ease that burden. Our firm is experienced in dealing with Texas doctors and pharmacist, and we will strive to ensure that you receive full and fair compensation.

Call Evans & Powell, PLLC today at (713) 622 - 2000 to schedule a free case consultation, or submit your information in the online contact form. We represent clients in communities across Harris County and  Montgomery County such as Houston, Spring, Magnolia, Pinehurst, Montgomery and many others.

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