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Dosage mistake by medical professional could be due to negligence

Have you ever read the instructions on a medical prescription? Prescriptions can be prescribed by a doctor for a variety of medical conditions and symptoms. The labels on a prescription bottle can contain information, including dosage and how to take the medication. But, what if a doctor or other medical professional prescribed a drug that caused injury?

Prescription labels have a variety of information on the side, but, beyond the bottle, an additional pamphlet is also included with the prescription. These can contain lots of information, but the dosage prescribed by the doctor will be right on the label. It is the job of the patient to take the drug as prescribed. But, what if the dosage is wrong on the prescribed medication or the patient is injured by a medication error?

Sometimes, a medical professional gives the incorrect dosage to a person. The improper dosage of a medication can spell disaster for a person, causing unnecessary injury. If a person is on multiple medications, this can complicate how a prescribed medication will work. The affects of multiple medications can strengthen or weaken a prescription and can have adverse side affects that should be examined by a doctor who is doing the prescribing.

Some people aren’t aware that prescribed medications can have an adverse reaction when taken simultaneously. In the same sense, a person is responsible to tell their doctor about any and all medications they are taking, including over-the-counter and alternative medicines. A medical professional cannot prepare and prescribe based on information they do not know. If a person disclosed their medications and a medical professional did make a medication dosage error, they could be held responsible for the person’s injury and further repercussions.

Source: FindLaw, “Things You Should Know: Taking Prescription Medications,” Accessed September 25, 2017