The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that over 70,000 children are rushed to the emergency room because of a medication overdose each year. A medication overdose typically stems from an over-the-counter drug or prescription that is misread.
Patients or parents misread the dosage directions or get occupied by other fine print on the bottle that they miss out on the correct dosage. They are too worried about whether or not the medicine should be taken with water or a meal instead of if it is a teaspoon or a tablespoon.
The dosage charts found on medications are meant to make it easy to understand but it can often make things more confusing. In the event of an overdose, you should immediately contact Poison Control Center for help.
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Medication errors, unfortunately, do not just occur at home. They can happen in the worst place of all — the hospital. The types of drugs given at hospitals can have way more severe consequences if administered in the wrong amount. They can lead to long-term problems and in some cases death.
Some of these medication errors have led to the deaths of infants. The mistakes in dosage have been linked to pharmacy mixing errors, packaging or hospital stocking errors, resulting in these infants getting 1,000 times the recommended amounts.
When it comes down to it, hospital nurses and other medical professionals are expected to double check medications before administering them to patients. If they do not do their job it can lead to serious healthcare issues and significant harm.
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If you or someone you love has experienced the pain and suffering following a medication error then you have the means for legal recourse and should seek out a qualified lawyer.
In New Jersey, the Law Offices of Andres & Berger have the experienced lawyers to help with your prescription drug error. They will fight for maximum compensation for you and your family.
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