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Common dosage errors happen by factors of 10

Some Connecticut patients may have been prescribed drugs at some time that were available in doses that differed by a factor of 10. The problem with these kinds of dosages is that it can be easy to make errors. For example, in a number of cases, patients who were supposed to get 2 mg of Abilify received 20 mg instead. One child took 68 doses that were 10 times higher than prescribed before the error was discovered and suffered side effects including frequent crying and depression. A patient who was prescribed 10 mg of doxepin was instead given 100 mg and suffered drowsiness and fatigue as a result.

One source of errors is the lack of leading zeros and use of trailing zeros. In the former case, this means that if someone writes .5 mg instead of 0.5 mg, it could be mistaken for 5 mg. In the latter case, it means that 1.0 mg could be misread as 10 mg.

However, these errors by medical professionals and pharmacists would not occur in the first place if manufacturers avoided strengths with a 10-fold difference from other strengths. One manufacturer that was creating dosages of both 12.5-mcg/hour and 125-mcg/hour called its 12.5-mcg dosage Duragesic-12 in an effort to distinguish it from the higher dosage.

A medical mistake of this nature can be much more serious in some cases than the above examples. A person's treatment could suffer, or the wrong dosage of medication could be fatal. If a medication error happens because of medical malpractice, a person might want to file a lawsuit against the medical professional who caused the error. For a successful lawsuit, it will be necessary to establish that the patient did not receive a reasonable standard of care and was harmed by the error.

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