El Paso Prescription Drug Injury Lawyers
Medication Error Attorneys in El Paso Texas
Medications are prescribed to cure or control an illness. However, in the case of wrong medications, there is no telling the amount of damage it can cause a patient. According to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency revealed it received no less than 3,000 voluntary reports of medication errors monthly. However, the total number is estimated to be much higher.
Medication errors can lead to several effects, including overdose, underdoes, and allergic reactions which are adverse to the health of such patients. In some cases, medication errors may lead to allergic reactions due to the combination of one or more drugs. In the event of such errors, the injured patient or their surviving family members may be able to file for a medication error claim under the Texas medical malpractice law.
Here, we understand that you have put your trust in quality healthcare services and deserve nothing short of that. However, if you or your family member has been injured or died as a result of a medication error, you need a qualified and experienced Texas Medication Error Attorney to help you with the claim. We are your one-stop Texas Medication Error Attorney. We are able to represent your interests and those of your family members, making sure that all the legal requirements are met. Contact us to get started with a free initial consultation and case review offer.
How Preventable Medication Errors Occur
A medication error is defined 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,” according to the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCCMERP).
Medication errors can be related to such instances as:
- Confusion of similar drug names (nomenclature)
- Miscommunication of order which may be due to illegible prescriptions or unclear directions
- Prescribing errors
- Product packing and/or labeling
- Improper education is given to patients
- Dispensing errors
- Combination of multiple drugs to create a specific medicating (drug compounding)
- Use of medication by the patient
- Monitoring use of medication by the patient
However, the NCCMERP noted that most of the common prescription errors are rooted in miscommunication. The agency also cites several common and potentially confusing abbreviations which have led to a number of medication errors.
Some of the most common medication errors that can easily result in overdose include:
- The letter U for Units – this could be misread as zero, four, cc (cubic centimeters) or other similar characters
- O.D., (Latin for every other day) – may be misread as QD (daily dose) or QID (to be taken four times a day).
- T I W, indicating three times a week – may be misinterpreted as “three times a day”
The FDA has reported several cases of medical errors due to prescription misinterpretation and miscommunication. To launch an investigation into such cases as this, the affected patient’s medical history will have to be reviewed alongside the medical institution’s standards, its policies, procedures, and practices.
Our legal team is ready to provide you with all the help that is needed to secure compensation for your loss.