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Medication errors can have serious consequences

When a medical professional prescribes you a medication, it is important that you follow his or her instructions down to every last detail. But what happens if your doctor makes a mistake? What happens if the pharmacy provides you with the wrong prescription?

It is easy to believe that a prescription error won't happen to you, but this can happen at any time. Just when you stop looking or just when you stop communicating with your medical team and pharmacist, something bad could happen. Here are some of the most common issues leading to prescription drug errors:

-- Failure to make note of an allergy.

-- A pharmacist that misreads a prescription, thus providing the wrong medication or dosage.

-- Contraindicated medicines.

-- Computer input error.

Now that you understand mistakes can happen, it is time to answer this question: What can you do about it? First and foremost, make sure you are clear as to what drug and how much you should be taking. Along with this, the Mayo Clinic suggests that communication is the key to preventing these types of errors. This includes communication between you and your doctor, as well as pharmacists.

Every year, medication errors injure, make ill and kill thousands of people. You don't want to become another statistic.

If you find yourself in this position, it is important to get medical assistance. From there, learn more about your legal rights. Our website provides a variety of information on this subject matter. When the time comes to learn more, visit our "Prescription Errors" webpage for valuable information.

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