Are Prescription Drug Errors Considered Medical Malpractice?

by Staff Blogger | October 15th, 2020

All medications have the potential to cause serious complications and even death. And all medications have the potential to be completely ineffective at treating illnesses and health problems. In many cases, these factors come down to the dosage that a patient receives.

The line between a therapeutic dose, an ineffective dose, and a toxic dose is often very thin. And that’s assuming that the drug a patient receives is the drug they need. Sometimes, patients take the wrong medication. That could be because their doctor prescribed the wrong drug, or because the pharmacy where they picked it up gave them the wrong medication.

Patients who are harmed by medications can file drug injury claims for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. But those claims typically involve drugs that are inherently dangerous. They may be contaminated with toxic substances, they may have serious unreported side effects, or they may be shipped with incorrect labeling or dosages.

On the other hand, drug injuries caused by perfectly fine medications that are administered incorrectly can be considered medical malpractice. If you or someone you love was harmed by a prescription drug and the error can be tied to an individual, such as a doctor or pharmacist, or to a clinic or hospital, a medical malpractice claim may be your best chance of getting compensation.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke medical malpractice lawyers help innocent patients get compensation when they’re injured, whether it’s due to surgical errors, misdiagnosis, prescription errors, and more. Contact us today for a free consultation.