Common errors occur in the writing or reading of prescriptions, whether it involves prescribing the wrong medication or dosage. Every year, people die as a result of wrong medication administration or overdose.
Wrong medication negligence can be the result of a number of mistakes, including those made in the following scenarios:
- Wrong medication given when miscommunicated orders by poor handwriting, confusion of unit of measurements, drugs with similar names, or misused abbreviations.
- Wrong medication given due to wrong label, inaccurate labeling, or inappropriate label.
- The wrong medication may be prescribed when the physician fails to consider recent warnings about the medication.
These and other medical errors can result in dangerous or even grave injuries.