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Strategies to reduce medication mistakes don’t always work

A simple medication mistake can soon take a turn for the worse. It is possible that this could cause a serious illness or even death.

There are strategies in place to help reduce medication errors. For example, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, along with other agencies, formed the Quality Interagency Coordination Task Force with the intention of reducing the number of medical errors.

In addition to these agencies, patients and their families can also take steps to avoid trouble. These include:

-- Being familiar with the most common types of medication errors.

-- Knowing what type of drug you are taking, what it is for, and what it looks like.

-- Checking the bottle before you take a new medication.

-- Asking the pharmacist any questions that are on your mind.

-- Keeping a list of all medications that you take, as this could come in handy in the future.

A prescription error can be as simple as a doctor ordering the wrong medication or a pharmacist supplying a patient with the wrong drug. It only takes one mistake like this to cause serious trouble.

There may be strategies in place to reduce medication mistakes, but they don't always work. This is why many people are impacted by such errors every year.

Our attorneys know why medication mistakes occur and what you can do about this. If you want to learn more, if you think you have been injured as the result of this type of negligence, read our "Medical Malpractice" webpage and related blog posts.

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