It is incumbent upon doctors to disclose potential side effects or risks associated with medication. Just like warnings on over-the-counter medication labels, the consumer has the right to be informed about the risks of prescription medications.
Blood thinners play an important role in the lives of many people. When properly prescribed and used, blood thinners can help prevent blood clots that can result in heart attacks and strokes. But as we wrote in a previous blog post, if not properly administered, these drugs can also be very dangerous.
Without the correct medications, many people would suffer greatly due to illnesses and conditions. Medications can help ease pain, battle symptoms and get us back on our feet so we can get on with our daily lives. But the same medications that are supposed to help can also do harm if they are incorrectly prescribed or are not taken as directed.
We live in a get-it-done-now world. People are very busy and want to have their needs met as quickly as possible. And while some businesses, such as fast food restaurants, may lend themselves well to the quick service model, others may not.
Perhaps one of the oldest jokes in medicine involves the poor handwriting skills of many doctors. Doctors are known to dash off illegible prescriptions for their patients to have filled. And while doctors in days gone by may have had no choice but to write out prescriptions, the years have seen technological advances that may make the sloppy script a thing of the past.
When we are not feeling our best, we may seek relief through the use of prescription drugs. We often have high expectations that such drugs will fix our problems without complications. Perhaps these expectations are created by the many advertisements touting the amazing healing capacities of certain medications currently on the market.
We live in an age of medical miracles. Due to advances in medicine, there are more drugs that can help treat illnesses and conditions than ever before. On the whole this is a very good thing as drugs developed in the labs of pharmaceutical companies have helped alleviate a great deal of human suffering.
Anticoagulant drugs, or drug thinners, as they are known, are prescribed to help prevent blood clots. Blood clots are dangerous because they can cause strokes or heart attacks. But as beneficial as these drugs may be, they can also pose very serious health threats if they are not taken correctly.
According to the newly released data, every eight minutes a child who is less than 6 years of age falls victim to medication errors committed by adults. A doctor speaking on "CBS This Morning" said that these dosage mistakes could be related to the instructions found on some of the boxes containing the medication.