Failing to review medical records can lead to prescription errors

Failing to review medical records can lead to prescription errors

| Mar 20, 2020 | Medical Malpractice |

Most physicians are in a rush when they see patients. They probably have to see dozens of people during any given day at the office or hospital where they work, and the higher the demand for their time, the more people they will try to see during their workday and the greater the risk for medical errors, such as medication errors.

As a result, they frequently rush in the review of the patient’s records and their symptoms on their way to the exam room. This leads to patients becoming frustrated because they must repeatedly share the same details with people when scheduling, with the receptionist when they arrive for the appointment, with the nurse or assistant who brings them back to the room and then with the physician themselves.

Patients may not repeat everything in detail, and doctors may not ask all the necessary questions when making a medical decision. Unfortunately, improper review of a patient’s medical records and not asking the right questions in a discussion could lead to a doctor prescribing a medication that has a known and dangerous interaction with a medication you currently take.

Physicians and pharmacists need to carefully review prescription records

Prescribing new medication to a patient requires careful consideration and then follow up by a physician, as individual patients may respond differently to the same medications, resulting in an adverse reaction.

Unfortunately, the modern medical system does not lend itself well to detailed record analysis and thorough examinations. That leaves patients at increased risk for medical mistakes related to their prescriptions. You rely on your physician who prescribes your medication and the pharmacist who filled the prescription to review your records and ensure it is safe for you to take the drug.

If your physician recommends a medication that they should have known would cause an interaction or an allergic reaction based on your medical history or a pharmacist fills one, you may have grounds to bring a malpractice claim against them for that oversight.