Health Study: Taking Medications Wrong Can Cause Harm

Studies show that many people have trouble following doctor’s’ instructions when it comes to taking prescription medication, which, of course, can lead to serious consequences.

According to recent research, 50 percent of Americans do not take their medications as prescribed. This in turn causes 30 to 50 percent of treatments to fail.

309494981_139ff14357_zMoreover, failure to take medications property is the cause of 125,000 deaths every year.

Modern pharmaceuticals are powerful as well as targeted, but they can cause great harm when not taken correctly. While it is true that some Americans may not take their meds properly or regularly, in some cases physicians, hospitals and private pharmacies can be to blame for negligence relating to medications.

The following are just some scenarios where medical professionals could be to blame for medication errors:

  • Giving the wrong dosage- either too much or too little
  • Failing to prescribe critical medications
  • Prescribing, administering or dispensing the wrong medications
  • Prescribing medications despite known allergies or cross-reactions
  • Pharmacy mix-ups or errors

The wrong medication can cause adverse reactions in patients as well as lasting harm. An overdose from a medication can result in permanent damage or death. With that said, there are many drugs that cannot be combined due to dangerous side effects.

A Hernando County Medical Malpractice Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can represent you if you or your loved one suffered serious harm from a medication mistake. We have the resources needed to file personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits against doctors, nurses and pharmacists for medical malpractice.

Medication errors can deliver serious health effects, including fatality, brain damage, organ failure, stroke, heart attack and internal bleeding. Did you or someone you love suffer serious injury from a medication error? Call us today for a free consultation at 352-666-2121 or contact us online.

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