Category: Prescription Errors
Nearly one-third of all adults in the United States take 5 or more medications, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. There have been advances in prescription medications which resulted in major health improvements, but the benefits also have increased risks.
Millions of people (approximately 1.3) are injured each year in the United States because of mistakes in prescribing, dispensing and administering medications.
Some patients who have been using physician-prescribed Xarelto as a blood thinner have, unfortunately, experienced injuries, or death, as a result. The estimates are that thousands have been injured and hundreds have died.
Although all blood thinners have the risk of internal bleeding, it appears that the manufacturer of Xarelto has failed to adequately advise physicians that Xarelto can cause excessive bleeding problems, and that there is no approved FDA reversal agent.
Driving on Florida roadways can be challenging, even for the best drivers. However, when you combine heavy traffic conditions with a driver who is under the influence of prescription or over-the-counter medications, the results can be tragic. Randall Spivey and his team of Ft. Myers personal injury attorneys know that vehicle accidents of any kind can leave accident victims with "a lifetime of pain and suffering, medical bills and lost wages."
According to the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention, as many as 98,000 people die in any given year from medical errors that occur in hospitals and a significant number of those deaths are due to medication errors.
Prescription, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and supplements may not mix with driving. To avoid potential vehicle accidents, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) advises that it is best to be absolutely sure before getting behind the wheel.
1.3 million people in the United States are injured each year because of medication errors. What are these errors? How can you avoid being a victim? If you do become a victim of prescription errors, what should you do?