Medication Error Law



Medication Errors (medical error) Law is a subset of Medical Malpractice law which can result in severe and permanent injury or death. These types of errors can occur at any point during the process of selecting, prescribing and dispensing medications. It can be the administration of the wrong drug, prescribing the incorrect dose of a drug, bad interactions with other drugs that shouldn’t have been prescribed together and various other accidents, mistakes and problems related to medication. The most common errors are those made by the nurses and doctors when administering medication, although pharmacy error contributes to this problem as well.

Medication errors are responsible for over a million fatalities or severe injuries in the U.S. each year. These types of errors are a preventable hazard in nursing homes, out-patient facilities, hospitals, clinics and surgical centers. Medication reconciliation is an important policy for dealing with the increased risks present during transition periods of medical care, such as admissions, transfers within and discharges from hospitals and other medical institutions. It dictates a thorough comparison of patient medication orders in these situations to avoid dosing errors, drug interactions, duplications, omissions, etc.

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