A medication or pharmacy error is called an Adverse Drug Event, or “ADE”, and is defined as harm experienced by a patient as a result of exposure to a medication. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources, ADE’s are responsible for approximately 700,000 emergency department visits and 100,000 hospitalizations each year. Nearly 1 in 20 hospitalized patients will be the victim of medication or pharmacy error, making them one of the most common types of preventable malpractice.
Doctors and pharmacists have a duty to accurately prescribe and fill medications. Nurses are responsible to administer the right medication, to the right patient, in the right dose, and for the right reason. When negligent medication administration leads to serious injury or wrongful death, the victims and their families are entitled to receive full and fair compensation for their suffering and loss.
Medication errors can happen when a doctor prescribes the wrong medicine, or when the pharmacy mis-fills the prescription. Nursing errors happen when the wrong medicine is given, or the wrong dose, or even to the wrong patient.
If your pharmacy incorrectly filled your medication or a loved one's medical provider prescribed or administered medications that resulted in serious injury or other health risks, please schedule a free confidential consultation with our medical malpractice attorneys. Call us at 704-376-1911 in the Charlotte area or toll free at 1-800-977-3077, or contact us online.