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Medication errors and high blood pressure

A new study released has found that individuals that take medication to control high blood pressure are at a greater risk for medication errors.

High blood pressure is a serious medical condition. Taking the right medication at the right doses and at the right time is crucial.

Any medication error that disrupts an individual’s medication protocol can have very serious consequences and sometimes lead to death.

A large percentage of prescription error cases we handle involve high blood pressure medication. Some of the most common prescription errors we see involving high blood pressure medication are as follows:

  • Wrong dosage (too high or too low)
  • Wrong medication (In many instances the patient will receive a prescription for what appears to be the right medication but the pill bottle may contain a completely different medication)
  • Wrong instructions for usage
  • Dangerous drug interactions

We recently handled a case in which an elderly woman was given an antipsychotic medication as opposed to her regular blood pressure medication by the pharmacy. She didn’t catch the pharmacy’s error until she had taken the wrong medication for several days and suffered an adverse reaction.

If you have been the victim of a pharmacy related prescription error you have legal rights. We handle these cases everyday and we are always available to discuss your issue. Call us at 1-866-764-6060 for a free consultation.

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10 Common Medication Errors

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices released a list of some of the most common medication errors that health care practitioners should look out for in 2020.

Here are the 10 medical errors, as listed by ISMP:

  1. Selecting the wrong drug after entering the first few letters of its name.

  2. Prescribing daily, not weekly, oral methotrexate for nononcologic conditions.

  3. Errors caused by look-alike drug labels.

  4. Mishearing drug orders from verbal conversations.

  5. Unsafe overrides of automated dispensing cabinets.

  6. Unsafe practices associated with adult IV push medications.

  7. Improperly administering tranexamic acid through intraspinal injection.

  8. Unsafe labeling of prefilled syringes and infusions by 503b compounders.

  9. Unsafe use of syringes for vinca alkaloids.

  10. 1,000-fold overdoses with zinc

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a medication error you may be entitled to compensation. Protect your legal rights and call us now for a free consultation at 1-866-764-6060.

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Death related to Electronic Prescription Error

It has been reported in a recent news article that a woman died due to an error with a electronic prescription.

The woman was suffering from a urinary tract infection and due to an error received the wrong antibiotic to treat the infection. Due to the error the woman’s condition worsened and she ultimately died.

Everyday we are bombarded with news stories touting electronic prescriptions as the savior in combating prescription errors. In my opinion these errors will only increase because all of the efforts that these corporations are implementing don’t address the underlying cause of these errors.

Our experience and research has shown that these errors are directly correlated to putting profit above patient health and safety and a general indifference to make changes that affect the latter.

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Requiring pharmacies to report prescription errors

There’s an article on News 5 Cleveland that discusses how Ohio has recently introduced reporting requirements for pharmacies that make prescription errors that lead to patient harm or death.

We’re glad to see states like Ohio taking the lead in order to provide better protection to consumers. Pharmacies and pharmacists should be held accountable for these errors.

The article states that these new laws were implemented because “earlier this year prescription errors resulted in the deaths of at least two patients and harmed 31 others over the last four years.”

From our experience the number of prescription errors that occur on a daily basis are exponentially higher than anyone knows. We would like to see all states follow the lead of Ohio and make regulations that require pharmacies to report these errors.

Fortunately, if you have been a victim of a prescription error you have the legal right to pursue a claim against the pharmacy. Our firm handles numerous prescription error claims each month.

If you or a loved one was the victim of a prescription error claim call us anytime for a free consultation at 1-866-764-6060.


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Pharmacies put patients in harms way?

There’s a great article on Thesuburban.com that discusses how a union for healthcare workers is concerned that pharmacists are being overworked. Due to the increased workload for pharmacists the union worries that patient care is being jeopardized and more prescription errors are occurring as a result.

The following statement in the article really struck me: “Respondents were near unanimous in noting that their work has become more demanding over time caused mostly by lack of staff, increase in patients and structural changes. Patients are increasingly put at risk of medication and transcription errors say 87% of respondents, with half of all technicians reporting delays in responding to requests from pharmacists and/or physicians.”

The industry has been long broken and with further consolidation and cost cutting measures this problem will only get worse.

Thankfully those who are victims of prescription errors have legal recourse. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of a pharmacy you have the legal right to pursue a claim.

Source: http://www.thesuburban.com/news/city_news/pharmacy-workload-puts-patients-at-risk-union/article_5d6cc30a-bfe7-578c-86f7-620fcb3d7f57.html

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