Prescription Drug Errors
Prescription drug errors are the leading cause of death and severe health consequences globally.
Therefore, it is important to be consciously aware of the prescription received and protect oneself. The best way to ensure that one is protected from such mistakes is seeking professional advice from a trusted physician or pharmacist whenever a new prescription is given. Asking questions about prescriptions can help reduce fatalities and other associated challenges related to erroneous drug prescription.
There are several reasons why drug prescription mistakes occur.
1- Misreading the physician’s handwriting, the pharmacist mistakenly fills the order.
2-Many drugs that treat very different conditions have similar sounding names, for example Dexamethasone, which is used to treat many different conditions such as allergic disorders, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, or breathing disorders, and Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant.
3-Patients may take the wrong medication or take the wrong dose.
Additionally, patients may take the wrong dosage by accident. Therefore, to curb or eliminate such occurrences, it is paramount that the proper questions are asked concerning new prescriptions. Moreover, openness with one’s physician is necessary as it ensures awareness about important and relevant pre-existing medications and conditions before making medical decisions. Comprehensive medical records aid in the process of curbing drug prescription errors.
Asking questions is one of the techniques to avoid prescription errors. Nonetheless, these questions ought to be appropriate, relevant and soliciting information regarding the medication. For instance, one may inquire the brand and generic names of the medication or how long it would take before the medication starts working. Such questions ensure that one is mentally prepared and understands what is expected.
In conclusion, taking precaution concerning prescriptions can be very useful in curbing the risk of wrong prescription. Therefore, it is important to ensure knowledge of as much as possible concerning a particular medication. Further, before leaving it is essential to check the prescription to ensure one receives the correct medication. The more informed one is about medications, the better armed he/she is to avoid prescription errors and possible health damage.