Q: How are drug names frequently confused and how might that lead to a Kentucky medical malpractice claim?
Drug names can be confused when they sound or look alike. Some examples include Actonel and Actos, Cerebyx and Celebrex, or Mirapex and Miralax. While some of these similar-sounding drug names may not be dangerous, there are some mix-ups that could potentially be very serious.
Drug names can easily be confused in the following ways:
- order is written incorrectly;
- a written order is misread/misinterpreted;
- order is taken verbally and misheard;
- wrong medication is taken from storage; and
- entered into the computer system incorrectly.
One way to combat these types of mistakes has been to implement what is called "tall man lettering" in order to differentiate between drugs that sound or look alike. This requires using a mixed alphabet case to help distinguish between similar sounding and looking drugs.
Despite these efforts, the reality is that drug mistakes still happen and they can lead to serious illness or injury. When this happens, it may be a case of negligence and could lead an individual to pursue a Kentucky medical malpractice claim.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to a medication mix-up of any nature, you should consult with a Louisville medication error lawyer. A lawyer will carefully evaluate your case to determine if you have a valid claim and help collect the evidence necessary to build a substantial case.
The Louisville medication error lawyer you choose to work with should have past experience with Kentucky medical malpractice claims that involve cases of drug mix-ups or similar errors.
Contacting a Louisville Medication Error Lawyer
A Louisville medication error lawyer at Gray and White Law can help you handle every aspect of your Kentucky medical malpractice claim. If you've been injured in Kentucky, contact us today for a free evaluation of your case - 1-888-450-4456 or 502-210- 8942.