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Ethics and Legalities in Medication Errors Ethics and Legalities in Medication Errors Desiree Cody Walden University NURS 6521N - 3 – Advanced Pharmacology Dr. Mark Holland, PharmD June 8, 2018 1
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Ethics and Legalities in Medication Errors Ethics and Legalities in Medication Errors Medication errors occur when a drug has been inappropriately prescribed, dispensed, or administered (Texas State Board of Pharmacy, 2018). Medication errors are a part of reality. Some of us will make an error at some point in our careers, be it a near miss or harmful to a patient, but how we react to the error can make all of the difference in the how we view ourselves and how others view our integrity and professionalism. If an error is made and not disclosed immediately upon notice, the ramifications can be severe if reported to the state. If disclosed, the ramifications can also be severe depending on whether the patient was injured and what the extent was. The purpose of this paper is to examine the ethical and legal implications of disclosure versus nondisclosure of a personal medication prescription error and strategies to avoid any future errors. Ethical and Legal Implications It has been estimated by the Institute of Medicine that medication errors cause 1 of 131 outpatient and 1 of 854 inpatient deaths (Wittich, Burkle, & Lanier, 2014). Consequences faced by clinicians after medication errors can include loss of patient trust, civil actions, criminal charges, and medical board discipline (Wittich, Burkle, & Lanier, 2014). In the state of Texas, a bill was passed in 2003 stating: HB 1614 Sec. 241.202. (a) On renewal of a license under this
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