When patients get a proper prescription for pharmaceutical drugs either from a doctor or a physician, it is always their strong faith and believes that they will get well from their illness. In other cases, patients decide to take Over-The-Counter (OTC) pharmaceutical drugs, or in other words pharmaceutical drugs that are bought in pharmacies, chemists. These might not be a prescription from a certified doctor or a physician.
There are chances of getting adverse or severe side effects. This is because a pharmaceutical drug is supposed to be prescribed for the specific illness or disease so there can be proper diagnosis, cure, treatment, or even prevention of an illness.
How wrong prescription may occur
Through confusing prescription instructions
We have had several cases, for example, of pneumonia patients. These have not been able to recover from their illness just because they have not been taking the correct prescribed doses or amounts of pharmaceutical drugs and supplements given to them by their doctors or their physicians. This can be adverse because a prolonged illness causes the disease to be chronic and eventually cause death.
As a result of a language barrier
In a country like the United States, there is a record in the National Health Law Program that indicates that out of an average number of 4 billion prescriptions on pharmaceutical drugs and supplements written to patients annually, close to 24 million prescriptions are written for patients who don’t speak English. This leads to 24 million cases of the wrong prescription because of the language barrier.
By taking Off Label prescriptions
Few cases of patients failing to recover from their illness have been as a result of them taking pharmaceutical drugs and supplements that are not intended for that particular illness that they are suffering from. In most cases, they tend to treat wrong disease, illness or physical or mental dysfunctional with the wrong prescription even if the drug contained active ingredients similar to those of the correct prescriptions.
A pharmaceutical drug or supplement must have prescription translations for it to be used by patients who don’t understand the primary language. Again, it shouldn’t be taken in overdose. Lastly, only prescribed drugs that should be taken by patients.
When patients take overdose prescriptions such as depressant drugs hoping that they will get well faster. When this occurs, the effect may, at worst case, result in patients not achieving full enhancement or not getting complete results of what they have anticipated.