Common Types of Prescription Drug Errors Resulting in a Claim Settlement
- incomplete patient information (misreading or ignoring patient allergies, prescription history and lab results);
- unavailable medication information (expired warnings, side effects);
- miscommunication (poor handwriting, mix-ups among drugs with similar names, misuse of metric system);
- inappropriate labeling (repacking drugs into other containers); and
- poor environment (lack of lighting, interruptions, distractions).
Preventing Prescription Drug Errors
To avoid having to deal with a claim settlement, you can prevent getting the wrong prescription by taking some precautions.
- When your doctor or nurse gives you a drug, ask the name of the medication, the correct dosage and the reason why you are taking it.
- Read and make sure you understand any special directions or side effects of a prescription.
- If you are incapable, have a friend or relative with you to ask about the drugs you are being given.
- Be sure to disclose to your doctor all prescription and non-prescription drugs you are taking.
- Ask questions if something does not look or feel right to you.
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