Every patient handles pain medications differently. A medication’s particular reaction is based on the body’s chemistry, as well as other factors regarding the patient (e.g., weight, overall health, etc.). When a physician prescribes pain medications, he or she does so because the benefits often outweigh the risks for the patient. However, sometimes pain medications are prescribed that can lead to critical errors or injuries.
When a pharmacist fills the prescription medication, he or she is required to pay attention to all information listed on the prescription itself. This includes dosage, type of medication, if generics are permissible, etc. Errors in this process or when the prescription was written can lead to serious injury (if not death).
Incorrect Quantities Given
A vast majority of medication-related fatalities come from incorrect dosage information. This can be done by the physician, or due to an error that occurs while the pharmacist is filling the prescription. According to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report, 42 percent of fatalities were due to incorrect quantities. Also, more than half of all patients were over age 60. These victims are at higher risk for medication errors because this age group is more likely to take multiple medications due to age-related ailments.
The wrong drug administered to a person leads to dangerous side-effects and possibly death. The wrong drug occurs at the pharmaceutical, as well as the physician, level. A physician may prescribe the wrong medication or use the wrong name when writing the prescription. A physician or pharmacy technician may read a physician’s handwriting incorrectly and dispense the wrong medication, or mistake it for one that is close to the other medication. A physician should go over medications with the patient so that he or she knows what should be received. That way, the patient can verify that he or she has received the right medication.
When Injuries Occur Due to Pain Medications
Pain medication injuries can be devastating. In some cases, the patient may experience long-term effects, including nerve damage, brain trauma, etc. When a patient takes the wrong dose of pain medications, he or she may have adverse side-effects or suffer from more pain because an inadequate dosage is being taken. In some cases, patients may develop an addiction to the narcotic pain medications prescribed, and the physician may continue to prescribe instead of suggesting alternative treatments.
Receive Legal Assistance for Your Pain Medication Injuries in Kentucky
Whether you or a loved one suffered injury because of incorrect dosages or the wrong medication, or if you suffered from severe side-effects, you need an attorney by your side. An attorney can assess your case and determine who may be liable for malpractice or if there is a potential product liability claim.
Most importantly, an attorney will ensure that you receive compensation for your pain, suffering, medical costs, lost wages, and the long-term effects. To explore your options, contact the Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC. Attorney Seth Gladstein will aggressively fight for your right to compensation. Schedule a free consultation now by calling us or requesting your consultation appointment online.