There are three common kinds of medication errors that I’ve seen. Any of them could amount to medical malpractice under Texas law.
One type involves a physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner prescribing the wrong medication for a patient. This could be as simple as writing or typing the wrong drug name. In some situations, though, a medicine might normally be appropriate, but should not be used in patients with certain conditions or who are taking other drugs.
Another type of medication error happens in hospitals. It occurs when a correct medication order is written, but the nursing staff gives the patient the wrong drug, or the hospital pharmacy fills it with the wrong medication or dosage.
Finally, pharmacies make medication errors more often than many people realize. For instance, a patient recently called Painter Law Firm to tell us how a national pharmacy chain mistakenly gave her another patient’s medication by mistake. Other pharmacy and pharmacist errors include filling and dispensing a prescription that’s the subject of a manufacturer warning or contraindication, based on other drugs that the patient has received from the pharmacy.
If you have any concern about a medication error, the best way to investigate it is to hire an experienced Texas medical malpractice attorney.
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Robert Painter is an award-winning medical malpractice attorney at Painter Law Firm PLLC, in Houston, Texas. He is a former hospital administrator who represents patients and family members in medical negligence and wrongful death lawsuits all over Texas.