The last thing any person expects when they use over-the-counter or prescription medications is that they will be harmed in some way. Unfortunately, there are times when mistakes are made by doctors and pharmacists. These mistakes can lead to significant prescription medication errors that cause harm to a patient. At Kurzban, Kurzban, Tetzeli, and Pratt P.A., our team is here to help if you need a Honolulu medication and prescription error attorney. We have extensive experience handling complex medical malpractice claims, and we know what it takes to help clients recover the compensation they are entitled to.

How do prescription medication errors arise?

If we turn to research available from Johns Hopkins, we can see that medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the US. One of the most common medical errors that cause harm to patients revolves around mistakes with prescriptions.

The truth is that most people do not think twice when it comes to getting a prescription from a doctor and taking the medication. This includes those who are undergoing treatment in a hospital as well as those who get regular prescriptions from their doctor and then go to the pharmacy to have them filled. Unfortunately, errors can occur in either of these situations.

In the hospital

Inside of the hospital, doctors and nurses have cited multiple issues with why medication errors occur. These issues include the following:

  • Written communication problems
  • Interruptions while administering medications
  • Overworked hospital staff
  • Improper storage and supply of medications

When we are talking about the ways prescription medication errors can occur inside of the hospital, we can narrow in on a few top causes:

  1. A patient receiving the wrong medication
  2. A patient not receiving their medication at all
  3. A patient receiving the wrong dosage of their medication

Outside of the hospital

The vast majority of the population gets their medications prescribed by their primary care physician and then filled at the local pharmacy. The ways that medication errors arise in these settings are a little bit different than inside of the hospital.

Some of the main ways that prescription medication errors arise outside of the hospital include the following:

  • The prescription is written incorrectly
  • The wrong dosage is written on the prescription
  • Errors made by the pharmacist or pharmacy technician
  • The pharmacist failing to check for medication contraindications
  • Pharmacists failing to properly explain medication usage and hazards to the patient

Call a Honolulu medication and prescription errors attorney today

If you or somebody you love has been injured or become ill due to a prescription medication error, you need to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At Kurzban, Kurzban, Tetzeli, and Pratt P.A., we have extensive experience handling complex medical malpractice cases in Hawaii and throughout the US. We have the resources necessary to fully investigate the prescription medication error and help clients recover compensation for their losses. This can include coverage of their medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering damages, and more. When you need a Honolulu medication and prescription errors attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 866-377-3676.