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According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), adverse drug events are a public health problem that is likely to become ever more serious. In addition to the aging of the baby boomers and the development of new pharmaceuticals, the CDC sites increased use of medications and other reasons for this concern. In fact, 82 percent of American adults currently take at least one medication — and 29 percent take five medications or more.
Given the sheer number of medications being prescribed daily, large numbers of mistakes are made by physicians, pharmacists and nurses. Wrong prescriptions, wrong dosages and drug interactions are dangerous. Every year, as many 120,000 people are hospitalized because of adverse drug events. If you or your family member has been harmed, where do you turn for help?
Prescription errors — whether negligent dosing, prescribing the wrong medication, mislabeling, failing to warn about side effects or any other mistake — can cause serious medical problems, including seizures, brain damage, anaphylaxis and coma. In fact, there are reports that up to 100,000 people die each year from prescription drug adverse events and medication mistakes.
Our more than 40 years of experience in medical malpractice have given us insights into the harm caused by medical professional negligence. We fight to get individuals and their families the full, fair and complete compensation they need to pay for current and future medical costs and lost wages, recovery for pain and suffering, and possible punitive damages.
To help protect yourself and your family members from prescription medication mistakes, the Mayo Clinic recommends that you inform your doctor and pharmacist about:
Other safe practices include consistently using the same pharmacy (they will have all your prescriptions on record), checking the label to make sure you are receiving the correct prescription, storing medications in their original bottles and never sharing your prescription drugs with another person.
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