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Friday, September 6, 2019

Pharmaceutical Errors

We depend on health care professionals to properly prescribe and provide accurate medications for us. Receiving the wrong prescription medication can aggravate existing medical conditions as well as cause new medical problems to arise. If you have been harmed because a health care provider failed in their duty of care, you may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit seeking compensation for the harm you have needlessly suffered as a result of another person’s negligence.

Pharmaceutical Errors Leading to Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Pharmaceutical errors resulting in distribution of the wrong medication or dosage of medication is a common basis for medical malpractice claims. There are a number of ways pharmaceutical errors occur including:

  • Medication mislabeling: A medication may be mislabeled because of a manufacturing error or an error on the part of the retailer. In either event, the error may result in a products liability lawsuit. If the mislabeling occurred due to an error on the part of the pharmacist, the error may result in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
  • Error in administering the medication: Different types of medication require different methods of administration. Some drugs have to be injected and some have to be injected in specific places. A pharmacist may have failed to provide proper instructions on how to safely take the medication. Another all too common in administering medication is administering the wrong dosage of medication which can have serious consequences to the health of a patient.
  • Error in prescribing medication: There can also be mistakes in which medication is prescribed to a patient. For instance, a medication that the patient is allergic to may be mistakenly prescribed to the patient. Also, a patient may be prescribed medication that adversely interacts with another medication they are taking. 
  • Failure to warn about side effects: A patient should be notified of the common side effects of a medication he or she has been prescribed. Doctors have a duty to their patience to advise them of any risks associated with taking a particular medication so that the patient is able to make informed decisions regarding his or her healthcare. Failure to warn about these common side effects may result in a medical malpractice lawsuit. 

Depending on the circumstances of the pharmaceutical error, many people involved in the error can be held liable in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Most commonly, physicians and pharmacists are held liable for prescription errors. However, hospitals and pharmaceutical manufacturers may also be held liable for damages. A plaintiff harmed as the result of a pharmaceutical error forming the basis for a medical malpractice claim may seek to recover monetary compensation for medical expenses and the cost of future medical care. He or she may also seek compensation for lost wages or loss of earning capacity as well as pain and suffering, among other things.

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You trust your medical professionals to take care of you and help you feel better. Sometimes their negligence causes you to feel worse. If this is the case, you deserve to be compensated for your damages. The Cassidy Law Firm is here to help you recover what you deserve. Contact us today.

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