Prescription Error

Definition - What does Prescription Error mean?

Prescription error is an unintentional error committed by a health care professional in prescribing medication to a patient. Prescription error is considered a type of medical malpractice under United States tort law because health care professionals have a duty of care toward their patients. A prescription error represents a breach of this duty, and can be attributed to negligence.

Prescription error is also called medication error.

Justipedia explains Prescription Error

Prescription errors can be of different types, which include prescribing the wrong medicine or even prescribing an inadequate dosage of medication. Doctors, physicians, and other health care professionals who are allowed to prescribe medicines to patients are expected to maintain high standards in their profession because an unintentional mistake on their part can be lethal for a patient.

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