A pharmaceutical mistake is an instance of medical misconduct that could have severe repercussions for the victim. Many drug mistakes go undetected until they have a negative impact on the patient’s health, such as an injury, a deteriorated condition, or death.
If you think a drug error caused harm to you or someone you care about, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Speak with Albany Medical Malpractice lawyers to file a legal, medical malpractice claim against a careless medical professional.
A medication error may be the result of several parties.
Every stage of a patient’s medical care has the potential for a pharmaceutical error. This makes almost any kind of healthcare professional liable for a pharmaceutical error. It consists of:
- the general practitioners
- doctors who specialize
- Assistants to the doctors
- nursing professionals
- hospital staff
- Licensed pharmacists
The most common types of medication errors
Several factors contribute to pharmaceutical errors made by healthcare professionals. But negligence is the most typical reason for drug mistakes. It consists of:
- not disclosing a drug’s adverse effects to a patient
- giving the patient the incorrect dosage instructions for the medicine
- giving the patient a prescription for a substance to which they are allergic
- Without checking the patient’s medical records to determine whether additional prescriptions have been given for them, which could have negative interactions with their current medications
- improper dosage of the medicine being prescribed
- Giving the patient the incorrect kind or dosage of medication
- failure to keep track of the patient to determine whether the drug has any negative impact on their health
- inappropriately distributing medication
How to Show Medical Carelessness
A number of elements must be met in order for a pharmaceutical error case to qualify as medical malpractice:
Relationship between doctor and patient: A medical professional agrees to identify or treat your illness. In the event of a medication error, the medical professional consented to prescribe the prescription and the required amount for you to consume.
Breach of duty: The healthcare professional did not treat you in accordance with accepted medical standards. A medication error occurs when a healthcare professional fails to take reasonable precautions to prescribe the appropriate medication, provide the correct dosage, or give you a drug that has side effects if they should have known.
Causation: The medical professional’s pharmaceutical error resulted in the patient’s harm, a deterioration of their condition, or death.