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Keeping track of medication

For Iowa patients who have serious illnesses such as cancer, managing medication can be challenging. However, there are some tips that they and their caregivers can use to make sure that they are taking the right medication and taking it as directed. First, it is important for patients or their caregivers to ensure that the patient has the right medication. Patients should also make sure that they know how much of their medication to take.

Up to 50 percent of patients take the wrong dosage of their medication because they don't understand the directions. Therefore, it is critical to ask a pharmacist anytime there a patient or a caregiver has questions about how much of a medication to take at a given time. Once it is clear how to take a medication and when, it is important to take it exactly as prescribed.

Patients are advised to use pill organizers as well as set alarms on their cell phones to remind them when it is time to take their medications. Pill organizers are often given away at doctor's offices or are available online. In some cases, the pill organizers themselves have alarms that alert patients when it is time to take their medicine.

Those who are harmed because of medication mistakes may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. An attorney may be able to establish that a doctor prescribed the wrong medication or that a prescription was written in an illegible manner, which caused a patient to be harmed. If successful, a patient may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and lost future earnings if he or she is unable to return to work because of a medical professional's mistake.

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