Medication Mistake Lawsuits & Settlements in Washington State
Do you need the help of a pharmacy error injury attorney or hospital medication error lawyer? Were you or a loved one the victim of a medication error or such as incorrect medication, incorrect dose or mislabeled medication? Davis Law Group can help.
Medication Error Statistics
Most people trust that the medication that they receive from the pharmacy or treatment nurse is just what the doctor ordered. Unfortunately, problems with the wrong medication or wrong dosage being dispensed cause numerous serious injuries and cost many lives each year. According to the Institute of Medicine, every year 1.5-million patients suffer from mistakes with the medicine they're given.
An Auburn University study projected the odds of being the victim of a prescription error that results in a serious, health-threatening issue is about 1 in 1,000, a rate that could amount to 3.7 million such errors a per year.
Medication Errors at Hospitals
Some medication errors happen when the doctor or nurse administers the wrong medication or wrong dose to a patient. This may be related to or may occur at any step of the medical process, including in the diagnosis of a patient, or during treatment resulting in medical malpractice. Some of the most high-profile hospital medication error cases of the past few years have been directly attributable to nurses giving patients the wrong dose of medication.
Medication Errors at Drug Stores
Prescription drug errors in drug stores such as Rite Aid, Walgreens, Bartell Drugs, and in grocery store pharmacies such as Safeway, QFC, Fred Meyer and Costco errors are much more common that most people think. In addition to filling prescriptions pharmacists in these stores must also answer phones, answer questions about over-the-counter drugs and checkout customers all of which cause distractions that can be deadly. Hospital pharmacies can also make grave mistakes when dispensing medication to the hospital staff for patient use and to patients when they are discharged.
Causes of Medication Errors
• Poor pharmacy management at hospitals and drug stores
• Failing to check prescriptions for accuracy
• Failing to check potential drug interactions for the patient
• Incorrect directions for drug use on labels
• Confusing similar drug names
• Use of pharmacy technicians that have much less training than pharmacists
• Failing to offer face-to-face counseling for new prescriptions between pharmacist and patient as required by laws in 48 states
• Failure to use computer programs designed to warn about drug interactions
• Patient information leaflets containing out of date information about drugs
• Hospital pharmacies being subcontracted out to companies resulting in little communication between hospital staff and pharmacy staff
• Pharmacist or pharmacy technician enters wrong dosage into computer
• Poor maintenance of pharmacy mixing machines
• Nurses in hospitals failing to check the medication going into IV lines
• Pharmaceutical companies labeling different medications similarly and confusingly