FDA Attempts to Correct Prescription Mistakes that Should Never Be Made
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) devised a comprehensive scheme aimed at preventing errors that should not occur. The FDA plan involves clarifying how manufacturers name their products so doctors, pharmacists, and patients avoid confusion. Numerous people were sickened, either because they took an incorrect prescription or fell ill because they were not receiving the medications they needed to combat their medical problems. The potential consequences of a person taking the incorrect medication because their doctor or pharmacist gave them the wrong medicine could be severe. Apparently, this problem is so pervasive, that the FDA needed to institute a program to reduce the frequency of this occurrence.
People often ask why they should bother going through what they would call “hassle” filing a lawsuit after someone made a mistake. Among the many answers that could be given, one of the most persuasive reasons is that lawsuits drive change. If you or a loved one suffered an illness, injury, or died because they received the wrong prescription due to a careless physician or pharmacist prescribing the wrong drug or the incorrect dose of the right drug, you or your loved one could be eligible for financial compensation. Your claim might be the catalyst for change that makes the healthcare industry just a bit safer.
The Georgia drug defect attorneys with Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, zealously advocate for their clients who were injured by the carelessness of manufacturers. Prescribing the wrong drug or dispensing the wrong medication is simply inexcusable. Any healthcare professional who does not take the time to make sure they have prescribed or dispensed the correct medicine should not be involved in healthcare at all. This mistake is highly avoidable, yet it happens time and again.
The FDA established a unit designed to prevent medication errors from occurring. The FDA’s Division of Medical Error Prevention and Analysis (DMEPA) investigates reports of people taking the wrong drug due to labeling confusion. The DMEPA not only investigates prescription drugs, but the body will look into complaints concerning over-the-counter drugs and generic medicines as well.
The DMEPA espouses an over arching philosophy that labeling and dosage errors are eminently preventable. The group focuses its attention on learning why a patient received an incorrect prescription and considered methods of avoiding those mistakes in the future. Also, the DMEPA considers labeling from manufacturers and question whether certain medications could be confused with others due to the similarity of names.
FDA rules require drug manufacturers to perform extensive market analysis before naming a drug and putting it on the market. Drug manufacturers have an obligation to make sure that their new drug cannot be confused with any other drug on the market. The FDA performs research toward that end as well and will mandate drug companies to rename drugs whose names conflict or could be confused with other drugs currently on the market. However, there are occasions which the FDA approves a drug named in a particular way only to learn later on that the new drug moniker is easily confused with another drug. In these circumstances, the burden is on the healthcare providers to make sure that they prescribe and dispense the correct medication.
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