One tiny pill can cure disease, relieve pain and improve your quality of life. However, too much, too little, or the wrong pill can seriously injure you, as can a contaminated, adulterated or mismanaged medication. Your healthcare providers have the responsibility to use caution with prescribing, filling, administering and assessing the pharmaceuticals you take. Alarmingly, however, medication errors happen regularly.
A medication error is defined by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) as “any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm while the medication is in the control of the health care professional, patient or consumer.” Medication errors can also be the result of manufacturing errors on the part of the pharmaceutical company. In this case, the claim will need to be made against the manufacturer.
In a hospital setting, nurses are typically the healthcare professional with whom the patients interact most. Nurses are often tasked with administering medication to patients and may be the first to notice adverse reactions and alert doctors of potential problems. Despite this immense responsibility, nurses are often overworked and tired as they perform their duties. Additionally, hospitals often fail to implement sufficient safeguards to protect patients from pharmaceutical errors.
If you or a loved one has suffered because of medication error, it is important that you understand your options. What you are going through right now is not your fault, and the medical professionals responsible should be held accountable for their negligence. If your doctor, nurse or pharmacist made a pharmaceutical mistake that harmed you, our medical malpractice team at Stewart, Seay and Felton can help.