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Prescription Drug Errors: A Growing Problem

Prescription errors injure at least 1.5 million people every year, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Most of the errors are preventable mistakes that our health care system failed to prevent.

Most injuries and deaths could be prevented if physicians, nurses, hospitals and pharmacists are careful and make use of available technology to prevent errors, many injuries and deaths. Examples of technology that can help prevent errors include computerized physician order entry, automated dispensing and barcode medication administration.

The most common types of medication errors include:

· Administering the wrong dose of a drug. The right dose of a drug can heal, but too much may be fatal.

· Prescribing or dispensing the wrong drug. Giving the patient the wrong drug can expose him or her to dangerous side effects.

· Failure to warn patients about dangerous drug interactions. Seniors who take multiple medications face the greatest risk of injury or death.

Under Florida law, doctors, pharmacies or hospitals may be responsible losses caused by prescription drugs errors. By holding doctors, pharmacists and hospitals financially responsible for damages, you can provide a strong motivation to the health care industry to prevent errors from happening. There is no excuse for preventable errors when the health and lives of patients hang in the balance.

The law firm of Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum, LLP represents people in the Miami-Dade area and throughout Florida who have been injured due to prescription drug error. We also represent family members of people who die from prescription errors.

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