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Medication Mistakes That Can Kill

A medical error is the sixth primary reason of death in the United States and is completely preventable. According to the American Association for Justice medical errors kill and seriously injure hundreds of thousands of Americans every year, costing approximately $29 billion. In addition, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement estimates that there are 15 million incidents of medical harm each year, and found that Medicare patients who experienced a patient-safety incident had a one-in-five chance of dying as a result.

Most Common Medication Mistakes

When taking a medication or being prescribed one, you have to be smart and protect yourself so that an error does not take place. As a resource for our clients, we are providing a list of the top ten medication errors experts say are most likely to kill or cause serious harm to a patient. All information is tailored from "Ten common but preventable errors," by Melanie Haiken. These include:

1. Confusing two medications with similar names

2. Taking two or more drugs that interact with each other

3. Overdosing on one or more medication that have the same properties

4. Taking the wrong dosage of medication

5. Mixing your medication with alcohol

6. Double dosing by taking the brand name and generic version of the drug

7. Taking a prescription drug with an over the counter drug

8. Not knowing the interaction your medication and your diet.

9. Failing to adjust medication

10. Taking a medication that is not safe due to your age.

If your doctor or your child's pediatrician has made an error when recommending a medicine or there was a medicinal mistake due to the medicine prescribed, you may have a claim for medical malpractice or negligence. If you or someone that you love has suffered injuries due to a medication error should contact our office at (734) 769-6838 to discuss the details. 

Source: Melanie Haiken, senior editor at

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