A New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer Identifies 3 Common Types of Medication Mistakes

Medication is supposed to do one of three things. It is supposed to make you better, it is supposed to maintain your physical status quo, or it is supposed to reduce your pain. It is not supposed to make you worse. However, if you are the victim of a medication error then your drugs may cause your injury, or worse, kill you. Since virtually everyone takes medication at some point in their lives, it is important to be aware of the different types of medication errors that can cause harm, and to contact a New York medical malpractice lawyer if you've been injured.

How Medication Errors Happen

Generally, medication mistakes happen in one of three ways:
  • The Wrong Drug is Prescribed or Administered. A doctor may prescribe the wrong medication for your condition or the wrong drug based on your other physical conditions or medications. Likewise, a pharmacist may misinterpret a doctor's prescription or give you a prescription intended for someone else. Regardless of the reason for the mistake, taking the wrong medication can injure or kill you.
  • The Wrong Dose of Medication is Prescribed or Administered. While a doctor might prescribe, and a pharmacist may dispense, the correct medication, it is often essential that the correct dosage of the medication be provided to the patient. An overdose may cause an injury or fatality and an under dose may fail to treat the condition for which it was prescribed.
  • The Wrong Directions are Provided to the Patient. Some medications require that very specific instructions be provided in order to be effective. For example, medication may need to be refrigerated, taken at a specific time, taken with food, or not taken on an empty stomach.

Contact a New York Medical Malpractice Attorney if a Medication Error Has Happened to You

If you have been injured, or if you have lost a loved one, because of a New York or New Jersey medication error then you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact an experienced New York drug injury lawyer at 1-800-PAGAN-911.