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Medication Errors Spike to a Dangerous, All-Time High

Medication DangerousMedication errors have increased exponentially in the United States. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicates a 462 percent increase over the course of just six years. Why is this happening, what are the possible implications, and what can you do if an error happens to you or someone you love? The following information explains.

A Closer Look at the Increase

The FDA states that the reason for the rise is related to the improved tracking of medication errors, but is this a realistic explanation? When one considers the rate of occurrences increased from 16,689 errors in 2010 to 93,930 errors in 2016, it seems unlikely that any one source could be responsible. Instead, there are likely many factors at play, including overloaded physicians and pharmacists, an increase in the number of Americans needing prescriptions (which also increases the sheer number of prescriptions filled by each pharmacist), and a lack of regulations in individual states. Georgia serves as an example. There, pharmacists are not restricted to filling a certain number of prescriptions per day, which could increase their overall risk of error.

Understanding the Impact

Medication errors are a common cause of death, especially among the elderly. However, there are many potential consequences of a drug error. One woman developed a condition known as Steven Johnson Syndrome. A rare illness that causes the body to melt from the inside out, it can be experienced when taking too much of several medications.

For the woman, the reaction occurred after she took an antidepressant that was prescribed by her doctor; she was given the wrong dosage, and her pharmacist did not notice. Her entire body blistered, leaving her with scarred skin, much like the scars that burn victims experience. She has also had to undergo several therapies and treatments, just to survive the ordeal.

Other victims have experienced complications that range from brain bleeds and brain damage to permanent and uncontrollable tremors. Much like the woman who developed Steven Johnson Syndrome, these victims often spend years, decades, or even the rest of their lives living with the mistake of their doctor or pharmacist.

You may be Owed Compensation

If you or someone you love has experienced a serious injury, illness, or death because of a medication error, contact Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, LLP. We can examine your case and help determine if you may be owed compensation. Our San Jose medication error lawyers will also protect your rights and fight aggressively to ensure you get the settlement you deserve. Schedule your free consultation by calling (408) 289-1417 today.

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