What You Need to Know About Prescription Drug Malpractice          

Jan 19, 2016 by

The world of prescription medication is far, far more complex than simply picking up your prescription from the pharmacy and heading home. Though medication is meant to manage and cure illnesses, the incorrect use of a prescription can cause complications, further injury, and even death. Up to one million prescription medication errors occur in the United States every year, but how? Mistakes can happen all too easily when doctors determine the prescription, when the prescription is transferred to the pharmacy, when the pharmacy fills the prescription, and when the prescription is administered. Under the right conditions, these errors can actually form solid grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.

The Doctor’s Mistakes: It is your doctor’s responsibility to prescribe a medication that will positively impact your health without causing complications or dangerous drug interactions. He is also duty-bound to explain all of the medication’s risks and side effects so that you can make a fully informed decision. Failure to complete these obligations can be determined as negligence, and therefore prescription drug malpractice, in a court of law.

The Pharmacist’s Mistakes: You trust your pharmacy to give you the medication prescribed by your doctor in the appropriate dosage, with the right instructions, and with the requisite warnings of use. If you receive the incorrect medicine in any capacity and it causes you harm, you have grounds for prescription drug malpractice.

Compensation: If you want to pursue a prescription drug malpractice suit, your attorney will help you seek compensation for past and future medical expenses and care required to overcome the harm caused by your prescription medication.

Addiction: Unfortunately, prescription narcotic abuse has skyrocketed in past years. People use them to recover from surgery or terrible injuries and end up becoming addicting to the opium, a drug also found in heroin. In certain cases, a patient can sue for prescription drug malpractice based on the idea that the physician was negligent to supply the addiction patient with too much of a narcotic drug and no pain management referral or other attempted solutions.

In a world of extensive prescription drug use for a host of ailments and maladies, it’s vital that you pay close attention to the medicine provided to you and stand up for yourself in the case of negligence.

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