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How can prescription errors happen?

On Behalf of | Aug 21, 2023 | Personal Injury

When you meet with your doctor to talk about possible medications, you may not think that you would go home with the wrong prescription. This kind of error can leave you with serious injuries and health problems.

Learning about how this happens can give you more background information as you struggle with this problem.

Misspelling words and names

According to the National Library of Medicine, a medical professional who is rushing or being sloppy about what they write may misspell the name of your medicine on your prescription. This can happen due to a variety of reasons, such as distractions around them or a lack of attention to what they are doing.

Mixing up names

Doctors may also confuse two similar medicine names while writing your prescription. If they do not bother to check what they write, this simple mistake could lead to serious consequences for you. These two medicines may have totally different usages and cause you to react in a negative way once you begin to take this medicine.

Writing the wrong dosage

If the doctor confuses just one part of the number in your prescription, you could take a completely different dosage than needed. This can harm your internal organs before you or the medical professional realize the mistake.

Failing to check for other drugs

Taking two medicines that do not interact well can make your body seriously ill. If your doctor fails to check for other medicines you are currently taking, they may prescribe a drug that interacts poorly with your other prescriptions.

No matter what the source of this error is, learning more about negligence in medicine is key.