Prescription drug mistakes are among the most common forms of medical malpractice to occur. The vast majority of the population, especially the elderly, are subjected to different types of medication. Sometimes an individual must take more than one medication at a time, putting them at a greater risk for a medication mistake. Even though prescription drug errors are common in Tampa, they are often unreported, unnoticed, and even caught on time before a patient is even affected by it. With that being said, imagine the true number of medication errors that people all around Tampa, FL go through and might not even notice until it is too late.
A viable medical malpractice claim might exist if the prescription that was given to the individual caused them harm. A drug error can be caused not only by the doctor who prescribed the medication but by a variety of individuals, including:
- The medical professional who administered the medication like the nurse
- The pharmacist who filled the prescription
- The marketers of the drug
- The manufacturers of the drug
- The company of the drug, and
- The medical professional that prescribed the medication
With so many individuals taking medication throughout the United States, there is a lot of room for an error to be committed. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center researchers, at least one prescription drug is used by 70% of Americans and more than half consume two or more medications. These numbers are incredibly high, which is a fact that the prescription drug error lawyers in Tampa take into account when fighting against the responsible party. Their objective is to deter others from becoming victims of the same mistake.
Errors That Can Lead to a Prescription Drug Mistake
Prescription drug errors can start from the moment that they are manufactured, to the instant when they are administered to the patient. Because there are various instances where an error can occur, there are a number of mistakes that can take place, including:
- Prescribing the wrong medication
- Administering the incorrect drug
- Giving the wrong dosage amount
- Prescribing the incorrect dosage
- Not foreseeing dangerous drug interaction (If patient takes more than one drug)
- Unsafely manufacturing the drug
- Marketing defective medication
Prescription Drug Errors Can Lead To Deaths in Tampa, FL
Medication can be beneficial for an individual with a medical condition or injury, only if it is administered correctly, prescribed with the right dosage amount, free of defects, and given to the indicated patient. Drug mistakes can cause serious harm to an individual, more so to a person that is already taking medication. The prescribing physician must take into account the drug interactions that one medication might have with another. If any person related to the creation and administration of the medication performs a negligence, they can be found liable for the injury that the patient endured. Percy Martinez Law Firm represents victims who have suffered a malpractice during any stage of their medication in Tampa.