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How can prescription errors happen in a busy doctor’s office?

On Behalf of | Oct 25, 2022 | Medical Malpractice |

You may feel vulnerable when visiting a doctor to discuss your sensitive medical issues. What may make this situation worse is when that same medical professional gives you the wrong prescription during this interaction.

Knowing more about prescription errors and why they happen is important when you are suffering in pain.

Misinterpreting numbers and words

According to the National Library of Medicine, a doctor who is talking to you in a busy environment can often become distracted when other patients or staff members yell or talk over them. Noisy rooms and loud clanging sounds can draw attention away from your conversation.

An easily distracted doctor can misunderstand what you say or write the wrong number down for a dosage. This can leave you with the wrong medicine or an inaccurate dose that can harm you.

Forgetting to check information

When a doctor is prescribing a medication, they need to check that it does not interact poorly with any other medications you are currently taking. If they rush or fail to look at your past information, they may mistakenly prescribe pills or other forms of medicine that leave you with mental or physical issues if you take them with your other prescriptions.

Telling you inaccurate instructions

Many medications need you to take additional steps while ingesting them. A distracted doctor may not take the time to tell you details that you need to know or explain the directions in an accurate way.

Struggling with mislabeled medicine and confusing explanations can happen when medical malpractice affects your life.