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Is a Prescription Error Medical Malpractice?

When you think of medical malpractice, what most often comes to mind are surgical errors. However, prescription error is another form of medical negligence and, unfortunately, is more common than you might realize. According to a national study by the Institute of Medicine, more than 1.5 million people in the U.S. are injured, made ill or killed by prescription errors. The study also shows a patient will on average experience one medication error per day. Moreover, at least one quarter of the total number of prescription errors that cause harm to patients are preventable. What Types of Prescription Errors May Be Medical Malpractice? When you receive a prescription to treat a condition, there are several steps it takes before it you receive it. Therefore, there are more opportunities for medication error to occur. However, the most common type of prescription error involves dosages, such as the following: A doctor can…
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