Nearly one in three adults in America are on five or more medications. So with all those millions and millions of medicines out there, it’s no wonder that errors are made in their prescription and filling. Medication errors can arise anywhere in the process of distribution and implementation. Generally, these errors fall into one of five areas: prescribing, repackaging, dispensing, administering, or monitoring. If you or someone you know has been hospitalized or has otherwise suffered as a result of a medication error, contact the Alexandria medical malpractice attorney Chris J. Roy, Jr. Law Firm today. We can explain your options and provide the experienced representation you need to achieve the best results. Contact us online or call us at 318.487.9537 to set up your free consultation.
Types of Adverse Drug Events (ADEs) in Alexandria, LouisianaAn ADE is defined as “harm experienced by a patient as a result of exposure to a medication.” There is a wide variety of ADEs. Just because you or a loved one may have suffered from an ADE does not necessarily mean that an error occurred or that you received poor quality of care. But when a medical professional’s negligence caused a medication to harm you, our Louisiana personal injury law firm can help. An ADE can occur at any point in the distribution process. The cause can be as simple as a pharmacist mixing up two medications that look similar or that have names that sound alike. Some of the more common causes of medication errors include poor communication, ambiguous product names, poorly written directions for use, poor procedures or techniques, and a patient’s misuse because of misunderstanding.
There are several specified types of ADEs:
- Preventable ADEs arise from a medication error that reaches the patient and causes some form of harm.
- Potential ADEs do not cause harm, even though an error was made. This could be because the error was realized before it reached the patient, or it may simply be because of luck.
- Ameliorable ADEs come from a medication error that reaches the patient, but in which most or all of the harm incurred can be mitigated.
- Nonpreventable ADEs (also known as adverse drug reaction) are events, such as an allergic reaction to the medication, that could not have been foreseen.