Assuming your doctor finds the correct diagnosis for your condition, he or she will likely prescribe you with some type of medication.

Modern medicine is the culmination of decades complex studies in chemistry and biology. There is no such thing as a “wonder drug” that will work to cure all diseases, and as a matter of fact, using the wrong medication for a condition can have drastic consequences on a patient. This is why it’s essential that doctors and pharmacists communicate effectively.

medical malpracticeWhen an individual is prescribed medication, it is imperative that they receive that kind of medication in the correct dosage. Sadly, it is not incredibly uncommon for doctors or pharmacists to make mistakes that can lead to patients receiving the wrong medication or dosage. These mistakes can be a result of simple negligence, such as a pharmacist putting the wrong pills in a bottle, or a doctor’s illegible handwriting.

Receiving the wrong medications because of a pharmaceutical error can be incredibly dangerous for a person’s well-being. Not only do these errors result in a patient’s condition going untreated, but they can cause unwanted side effects that mask what’s actually happening.

Patients can reduce their chances of falling prey to such errors by asking their doctors and pharmacists questions about their prescriptions. Be sure to know the names, dosages, shape, and color of any drugs a doctor prescribes to you to be sure you are receiving the correct medications.