Pharmaceutical Errors Over 100 Years of Collective Experience


Medications prescribed by physicians and distributed by licensed pharmacists are, by their nature, hazardous. On occasion, a physician will prescribe a drug in the wrong dosage or without due regard for medication interactions or allergies.

Sometimes, a pharmacist will fill a prescription incorrectly, either with the wrong medication or in the wrong dose. Additionally, patients in a hospital can be injured if a nurse administers the wrong medication or fails to give medication in a timely manner. All of these situations can result in severe injury.

If you or your loved one was harmed as the result of a pharmaceutical error or medication mistake, you may be able to recover financial compensation for your losses. The medical malpractice team at Grewal Law PLLC has over a century of combined legal experience. Our pharmaceutical error attorneys in Michigan are prepared to fight for the full, fair compensation you are owed.

Contact our firm online or call (888) 211-5798 to request a free, no-obligation case evaluation today. We proudly assist clients with medical malpractice cases throughout the state of Michigan.

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What Are the Causes of Pharmaceutical/Medication Errors?

Medication errors can arise from various factors, and understanding these causes is crucial for developing strategies to prevent them. Here are some common contributing factors:

  • Lack of Standardization: Absence of standardized processes and protocols for medication management across healthcare settings can lead to inconsistencies and errors in prescribing, dispensing, and administering medications.
  • High Workload and Staffing Issues: Understaffing, high patient volumes, and increased workload can result in healthcare providers feeling rushed, fatigued, or overwhelmed, leading to errors in medication management.
  • Inadequate Communication: Poor communication between healthcare team members, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other staff, can lead to misunderstandings, missed information, and errors in medication orders or administration.
  • Complexity of Healthcare Systems: Complex healthcare environments, such as those with multiple departments, electronic health record (EHR) systems, and various healthcare professionals involved in patient care, can create opportunities for miscommunication and errors.
  • Medication Storage and Accessibility: Improper storage of medications, lack of clear labeling, or difficulties in accessing necessary medications can contribute to errors in medication administration.
  • Inadequate Patient Involvement: Limited patient involvement in medication management, including medication reconciliation, understanding medication instructions, and self-administration, can lead to errors or non-adherence to prescribed regimens.
  • Technology Challenges: Problems with electronic prescribing systems, automated dispensing machines, barcode scanning, or other medication-related technology can lead to errors if not properly implemented or utilized.
  • Ineffective Training and Education: Insufficient training or education on medication management, including pharmacology, dosage calculations, and safe administration practices, can contribute to errors among healthcare providers.
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What Are the Most Common Pharmaceutical/Medication Errors?

Pharmaceutical and medication errors are, unfortunately, not as uncommon as many people believe. Often, these mistakes have devastating and even fatal consequences.

Some of the most common pharmaceutical and/or medication mistakes include:

  • Improper Dosage: This includes both under-dosage (not enough medication) and over-dosage (excessive medication), which can lead to ineffective treatment or adverse effects.
  • Administering the Wrong Type of Drug: Giving a patient a medication that is not intended for their condition or that may exacerbate their health issues.
  • Failing to Take Patient Allergies into Account: Administering a medication to a patient despite known allergies, which can result in severe allergic reactions.
  • Poor Medication Interactions: Combining medications that interact negatively with each other, potentially leading to adverse effects or reduced efficacy.
  • Medication Administration at the Incorrect Time: Administering medication at the wrong time or frequency, which can affect its effectiveness or cause harm.
  • Administering a Drug to the Wrong Patient: Giving medication intended for one patient to another patient, resulting in incorrect treatment or harm.
  • Incorrect Drug Preparation/Formulation: Errors in preparing medications, such as incorrect dilution, mixing, or compounding, leading to incorrect dosage or adverse effects.
  • Providing the Wrong Prescription to a Patient: Prescribing the wrong medication or incorrect dosage for a patient's condition, which can lead to ineffective treatment or harm.
  • Incorrectly Filling a Prescription: Mistakes made by pharmacists or pharmacy technicians when dispensing medications, resulting in patients receiving the wrong medication or dosage.
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