Medication And Pharmacy Errors
Recovery After Dangerous Or Improper Prescriptions
The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IOM) reports that 1.5 million Americans are injured because of drug mistakes every year, at a cost of approximately $3.5 billion. These alarming statistics do not even account for the financial losses associated with lost wages and productivity arising from these prescription drug errors. Most medication mistakes are preventable if health care providers and facilities refuse to take the necessary precautions.
With more than 40 years of experience, Revo Law Firm will advocate for your rights if your doctor, pharmacist or nurse made a pharmaceutical mistake. We may pursue claims against the hospital, nursing home, clinic or pharmacy where the mistake occurred, as well as against the negligent medical professionals who made the errors.
Do You Know The Common Causes Of Prescription Errors?
Problems can occur at any stage of prescribing, filling and administering drugs to you. Common physician errors include:
- Prescribing the wrong medication or dosage
- Combining drugs that interact dangerously
- Failing to follow up with you to determine efficacy or screen for side effects
- Neglecting to warn you about potential adverse reactions
- Giving you insufficient instructions about taking your medications
- Writing an illegible prescription that is difficult for a pharmacist to read
In addition, a pharmacist may give you an incorrect medication. In the hospital setting, a nurse may inject you with the wrong drug or mix up intravenous lines.
Marketing Dangerous Drugs
To approve drugs for sale to the public, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) relies on the data presented by pharmaceutical manufacturers. After spending millions of dollars on research and development, these corporations may consider the profitability of their own businesses over patients’ health. Often, the risks involved in taking certain medications do not come to light until the drug is already on the market, and then only after multiple people suffer or die.
We can try to determine whether the drug manufacturer mislabeled the medications that caused your or your loved one’s injuries. We can also investigate whether a manufacturer or compounding center sold you defective, fraudulent or contaminated medication.