Medical Malpractice & Dosage Errors | Medication Mistakes | Maryland & Virginia Medical Malpractice Lawyers
While other types of medical malpractice, such as surgical errors or emergency room mistakes, tend to attract more news coverage, one of the most common and most deadly forms of medical malpractice can be more difficult to catch and more difficult to understand. And yet tens of thousands of patients each year suffer from medicine dosage errors that cause life-threatening conditions and sometimes death. In fact, the Washington Post reported that up to 1.5 million people take the wrong amount of medicine, use the wrong kind of medicine, or mix the wrong medicines each year.
Just last year, the newborn twin babies of actor Dennis Quaid and his wife Kimberly were almost killed when they were given an enormous overdose of blood thinner by health professionals. The new parents sued the drug company that manufactured the blood thinner, Heparin, because the vials were labeled in a way that made different dosages hard to tell apart.
While the right amount of a prescription or over-the-counter drug may be helpful or even lifesaving, the wrong dose of the right drug can have extremely harmful consequences. To begin to address this chronic problem of dosage errors, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a new “Safe Usage” program that will raise awareness regarding usage and dosage medical mistakes made by pharmacists, doctors, health professionals, and patients themselves. The Safe Usage program urges all health professionals to report common instances and circumstances in which dosage errors and medication errors take place in an effort to isolate and eliminate reoccurring and preventable dosage errors.