Prescription Errors

Bil­lions of dol­lars are spent each year on med­ical research, par­tic­u­larly in the field of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, in order to find cures and treat­ments for thou­sands of dis­eases. Med­ical advances such as new pre­scrip­tion drugs are now able to treat con­di­tions that, until recently, were untreat­able. How­ever, with the preva­lence of new med­ica­tions has come a rise in the num­ber of pre­scrip­tion errors in the United States. The con­se­quences of tak­ing the wrong drug or the wrong dosage are often dev­as­tat­ing for a patient.

If you or some­one you love has suf­fered seri­ous injury or death as a result of a pre­scrip­tion error, you may be enti­tled to file a med­ical mal­prac­tice law­suit to recover your dam­ages. Please con­tact one of the attor­neys at Cline Far­rell Christie Lee & Bell today to speak with an expe­ri­enced med­ical mal­prac­tice attor­ney who can eval­u­ate your case at no-cost and inform you as to your legal rights and options.

Why Pre­scrip­tion Errors Occur

The prob­lem sur­round­ing pre­scrip­tion errors was recently brought to light by a study con­ducted by the Insti­tute of Med­i­cine. The study found that 1.5 mil­lion Amer­i­cans are injured or killed every year as a result of errors in pre­scrib­ing, tak­ing, or dis­pens­ing med­ica­tions. In many cases, neg­li­gence or wrong­do­ing on the part of a doc­tor, nurse, phar­ma­cist, hos­pi­tal, or other health­care pro­fes­sional results in pre­scrip­tion errors. Some exam­ples of mis­takes that lead to patient injury or death include:

  • Doc­tor rec­om­mends or pre­scribes the wrong drug
  • Hos­pi­tal dis­penses the wrong medication
  • Wrong dosage is administered
  • Phar­ma­cist mis­reads the doctor’s handwriting
  • Phar­ma­cist fails to fill the script as written
  • Instruc­tions on the drug’s label is misprinted

Your Legal Rights

If you or a loved one has suf­fered harm as a result of a pre­scrip­tion error, the law allows you cer­tain rights and options to pur­sue in order to seek com­pen­sa­tion for your losses and suf­fer­ing. You may be enti­tled to recover past and future med­ical bills, lost income or earn­ing capac­ity, pain and anguish, and more.

If you are inter­ested in a case eval­u­a­tion and a full expla­na­tion of your legal rights, please con­tact one of the expe­ri­enced med­ical mal­prac­tice attor­neys at Cline Far­rell Christie Lee & Bell today for a free con­sul­ta­tion. We look for­ward to hear­ing from you and we wel­come the oppor­tu­nity to serve and assist you.