When we seek medical attention, we expect our medical practitioners to provide us with an acceptable standard of care. When this does not happen, it may be considered medical malpractice.
One dangerous form of medical malpractice is medication errors. Learn what to do if you believe your doctor prescribed you the incorrect medicine.
The Dangers of Medication Errors
Pharmaceutical negligence deals with an area of medical malpractice in which patient injuries and deaths are caused by medication errors, including pharmacist errors, defective or dangerous prescription drugs, unforeseen drug interactions, and the wrong type or dosage of medication.
Using the incorrect medication can severely impact a patient’s health and recovery. In addition to a potentially dangerous drug interaction, using the wrong medicine can harm a patient who may have an allergic reaction to one of its ingredients.
This is why it’s vital for medical practitioners to fully review the medications the patient is currently taking and prescribe one that will not interact with them.
Prescribed a Wrong Medication? Here’s What to Do
When picking up your prescription from the pharmacy, make sure to check the label on the bottle to ensure it’s the medicine you discussed with your doctor. Additionally, it’s in your best interest to have a consultation with your pharmacist whenever beginning a new medication so you know how to take it and any potential side effects that may occur.
If you have already taken the wrong medication, contact your doctor as soon as possible. If you experience adverse side effects after taking your medication, call 911.
At The Villari Firm, our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys are here to protect your rights against medical malpractice. We have served Philadelphians for over 20 years and we’re here to help you, too.
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