How can serious prescription errors occur?

by | Feb 3, 2023 | Medical Malpractice

In the time after you start a new medication, you may begin to experience strange or harmful side effects. One source of malpractice is a doctor writing the wrong prescription for you to take, such as a different dosage or type of medicine.

Noticing this problem may be hard at first, since the signs of taking the wrong medicine may not become obvious right away. However, there are some common sources of this error.


According to the National Library of Medicine, if a medical professional mixes up just one number while writing a prescription, it could lead to a completely different set of side effects when you take that dosage. In some cases, a coworker is talking to the doctor while the doctor tries to write your prescription.

Splitting their attention between their coworker and the prescription can cause the doctor to write the wrong name or dosage.

Lack of instructions

When taking certain kinds of medicine, you may need additional instructions to correctly consume or apply it. Your doctor could fail to inform you about what you need to do, including what other medicines you should not take along with your new medication.

Confused medicine names

Since many manufacturers spell drug names in a way that makes it easy to mix them up, a doctor rushing to write a prescription may confuse two totally different medicines. Using this wrong medicine could result in continued health issues and no improvement for your initial problem.

No matter what kind of malpractice you are suffering from, noticing the ways prescription errors happen is important.

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