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Why Medication Errors Must be Reported

By: Anapol Weiss

Medication error reporting is an important action to take when a person is injured as a result of a medical mistake. After victims and their families alert the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to the problem, they are urged to also protect their legal rights.

Medication errors, according to the FDA, may involve:

  • Incorrect procedures including prescribing errors

  • Order miscommunications

  • Product labeling or packaging errors

  • Health care product defects

  • Monitoring issues and more

Between 2000 and 2009, the FDA received more than 95,000 medication error reports in the agency’s adverse event reporting program called MedWatch. The importance of reporting these errors cannot be underestimated. A person could be preventing something terrible from happening to someone else.

Medical Error Reporting and Getting Justice

A mistake during any part of the medication process can be deadly – from prescribing drugs to determining dosage to filling prescriptions. Anyone who controls a patient’s medication should take responsibility when they negligently let a person get hurt.

While it’s reasonably simple to report a medication error to the FDA, determining who is at fault can be very difficult for a patient to do alone. Our medical malpractice lawyers have decades of success representing those hurt by medical negligence.

Contact Anapol Weiss for assistance if you or a loved one was injured as a result of a medication error.