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Medication Errors Injure 1.5 Million People Each Year

By: Anapol Weiss

Medication errors are among the most common medical mistakes in the United States. Even a small error can have life-threatening consequences for a patient — and with more than 80% of American adults taking at least one medication, the threat is significant.

A report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies has estimated that these errors harm at least 1.5 million people every year. A conservative estimate of the added medical costs to treat these medication-related injuries amounts to $3.5 billion a year — without taking into account lost wages and productivity or additional health care costs, according to the report.

Even a small medication-related mistake can have life-threatening consequences for a patient. Healthcare providers who prescribe or administer prescription drugs have the responsibility of ensuring individuals receive the proper medication. Those who fail to meet that standard of care must be held accountable for letting someone get hurt.

Contact Anapol Weiss if you or a loved one was harmed by a medication error. Our highly qualified medical malpractice lawyers represent victims of medical errors, and they are prepared to answer any legal questions you may have.