It has been reported that pharmaceutical errors cause at least one death every day and injure approximately 1.3 million people annually in the United States. An estimated 106,000 deaths occur every year from no-error, adverse effect of medication. About 7,000 more deaths per year occur as a result from medication errors in hospitals.
In a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, drug errors occurred in nearly one of five doses in a typical 2,000-bed hospital, which translates to about two errors per patient daily. Around 7 percent of the errors were considered potentially harmful. The most common errors were giving patients medication at the wrong time or missing a dose.
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO) has set safety standards to reduce errors in a medical setting as pertaining to prescriptions.
Pharmaceutical injuries are sometimes difficult to identify. The damage may be caused because two or more drugs interact improperly or the manufacturer may have failed to adequately test its drug. In some situations, it is learned that a company neglected to accurately report the side effects of taking a drug. The physical damage that arises from pharmaceutical negligence can be anywhere from very minor to fatal.
A pharmacist might incorrectly fill a prescription causing many potential consequences to a patient. Pharmacy mistakes range from providing a patient the incorrect dosage of a medicine (either too strong, or too weak, for the medical need), or giving the wrong medicine altogether. It is also possible that injury may have resulted from a doctor prescribing a medicine that is inappropriate for the patient, causing the patient to have additional medical conditions.
Many pharmaceutical injuries are also caused by a drug manufacturer's negligence. If a person is injured due to improper testing or fraud, the people harmed by these actions may be able recover damage from the company that designed and manufactured the drug. Drugs such as Vioxx or Baycol were alleged to have had side effects that were not disclosed by the pharmaceutical companies. Those people injured by Vioxx or Baycol, or other drugs, may be able to recover for the injuries and suffering.
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