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Nearly 1 in 5 Cancer Medication Error Rate Among Pediatric Patients

By Anthony Ferguson, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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According to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology mistakes in medication given to cancer patients occurs all too frequently. The study found 22 errors among 117 visits (18.8% error rate) to a pediatric oncology clinic. The study found 90 errors among 1,262 visits (7.1% error rate) to three adult oncology clinics. Most errors involved incorrect doses of medication. Of the adult medication errors, 61% had the potential to cause injury and 12% in fact caused patient injury. Of the pediatric medication errors, 41% had the potential to cause injury and 18% did cause injury. You can read more about the study at Medication Errors Involving Pediatric Cancer Patients.

Medication errors are entirely preventable. If you or a family member have been harmed by a medication error, consider consulting a Child Injury Lawyer for advice on your rights and possible causes of action.