When you go to the pharmacy, you hold the reasonable expectation that you will be provided with the correct medication to help relieve your illness, pain, or other condition. Sadly, errors on the part of your doctor, the pharmacist, or other pharmacy staff may mean that you are accidentally given the wrong medication, often with devastating results.
Common Pharmaceutical Errors
If you have suffered from adverse side effects of a medication error, you are not alone. Millions of Americans report medication errors each year in the United States, including:
- Misleading or confusing dosage instructions: A doctor may tell a patient to take a certain amount of medication in a certain manner that conflicts with what the pharmacist or drug labeling says.
- Adverse drug reactions: If the patient is already taking medications for other conditions, a new drug may interact adversely and cause debilitating side effects.
- Drug allergies: Some patients are allergic to certain types of drugs, and doctors may not take adequate precautions to ensure that they will not react poorly to the new prescription.
- Pharmacy error: A pharmacist or pharmacy technician may incorrectly fill a prescription or may accidently switch the prescriptions of two different patients.
- Doctor errors: A doctor might prescribe the wrong drug for a condition, confuse two medications with similar sounding names, or may write illegibly or make typographical errors when writing up the prescription.
Errors like these may occur in a moment, but their consequences can affect people for the rest of their lives. Organ damage, lasting disability, and even death are all potential consequences of negligent choices concerning medication.
If you or a loved one has endured pain and suffering because of a medication error, you may be able to hold the negligent party responsible for their actions by pursuing fair compensation to help cover the cost of your losses. To learn more about your legal options, contact the Wausau personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874.