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A closer look at some of the most dangerous medication errors

On Behalf of | Feb 25, 2018 | Failure to Diagnose |

Every day, hundreds of people in New York visit their doctor for advice regarding medical problems and to receive treatment for a variety of symptoms. Often, during the course of treatment, doctors prescribe antibiotics and other over-the-counter drugs to assist in the healing of the body. However, medication errors are not unheard of. In fact, they are quite common, and when a patient is not aware of the types of dangers they face when taking prescription drugs, they may be at risk of serious injury or death. 

According to U.S. News, 1.5 million people are victims of medication errors every year in the United States. Often, these mistakes are innocent and with just a bit of education, nearly all of these missteps are completely preventable. 

Contrary to what some may believe, medication errors are more than taking the wrong type or dosage of medication. According to Web MD, there are several dangerous mistakes including the following:

  • Patients using more than one pharmacy to fill prescriptions.
  • Patients neglecting to ask questions about the purpose of a prescription and what kinds of adverse reactions to be aware of. 
  • Patients unknowingly mixing drugs that create deadly effects.
  • Patients using a prescription the wrong way.
  • Patients not checking medication labels and accidentally taking the wrong prescription home from the pharmacy. 

People who take their medications with alcohol are also at a significantly higher risk of suffering trauma from an adverse reaction to a prescription. When patients use their best judgment and are involved in their treatment by asking questions, they can greatly reduce and even eliminate their chances of becoming the victim of a medication error.