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Mismedication on Allergies

Allergies can be caused by substances such as pollen, molds, animal, dander, latex, certain foods, and even insect stings, although some people may also have allergies without being exposed to any of these allergens in particular formaldehyde for example has been shown to cause allergic.

Allergies are a common yet sometimes serious medical condition that can lead to life-threatening consequences. Allergy symptoms range from mild rash or hives, itchiness, runny nose and watery/red eyes to more severe reactions like anaphylaxis which is characterized by increased heart rate; coughing; sneezing; itchy throat and mouth with skin flushing around the face (known as angioedema); nausea or vomiting if not treated promptly. Allergies that last week are recommended to take consultation from a doctor for a medication for a specific allergy, in this scenario, there are risks for patients wherein they are said to receive wrong medications because of either wrong diagnosis or errors committed by pharmacists or even the physician itself. 

Patients experiencing adverse medication events because of an allergic reaction to a drug are in distress. Institutions that prescribe the drugs must make sure they don't fail throughout the process, which is difficult considering many different people and systems can be involved with getting it into your system - such as pharmacists filling prescriptions and nurses administering them at hospitals. 

Prevalence and Facts About Mismedication on Allergies

  • A total of 854 Medication Error events associated with patient allergies that occurred between July 2016 and June 2018 were reported through a large event reporting database.

  • 373 cases of these medication errors were not properly addressed or notified to its patients.
  • Narcotics and antibiotics were the most common medications to be misprescribed. 

According to Patient Safety Authority (PSA), these avoidable poor drug escalations root from medical practitioners having insufficient information about the patient before prescribing, dispensing, and administering medications. It can be difficult to pinpoint where the breakdown in communication or careless occurs--some might consider doctors' busy schedules, while others think it could be a doctor's failure to check their charts before prescribing medicine. Others may point out that there are human error mistakes like forgetting an allergy even when you told them about it earlier or misread a part in doctor's prescription. 

Its Consequences

The side-effects of an allergy pill can be a matter of life and death. If you are not properly informed about the possible consequences, it is easy to make mistakes that can cost lives. It's important for patients who take medication regularly - especially those with allergies or sensitivities related thereto to pay close attention when taking their medicine so they don't inadvertently cause themselves harm by making uneducated decisions based on trust alone and mismedication is committed by medical practitioners wherein context, patients with doctors are considered a crucial moment. If medication ever occur on these said moments, patient might face life and death situation. 

For physicians and pharmacists after making a medication mistake, doctors could lose their patients' trust and face severe consequences. They can be charged with criminal offenses or even disciplined by the state's licensing board for committing healthcare-related crimes such as practicing without appropriate care.

When Filing an Injury Claim

Under Ohio medical malpractice law, all lawsuits must be filed within one year of the negligent act that resulted in your injury. In a medical negligence case, this would typically stem from healthcare providers abusing their position to not provide appropriate care or follow accepted practices for similar service providers and/or healthcare providers must uphold a standard of care and if they fail to do so in the context of an injury or death from their negligence then you have one year from that negligent event date to file your lawsuit.

Hospitals are full of doctors, nurses and staff members who want to provide the best care possible. Unfortunately they may make careless mistakes that can have serious consequences for patients like yourself. We at Ryan LLP strive every day to protect people just like you from having their lives ruined by a medical error committed by someone else’s negligence or carelessness.

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