If you have been seriously injured as a result of a physician or nurse practitioner prescribing you the wrong medicine or committing some other malfeasance related to the use, administration or prescription of drugs, you need an attorney skilled in handling medical malpractice and prescription error cases.
Doctors frequently make prescribing errors, when they are hurried or rushed and fail to check for known allergies or prior adverse reactions. This often comes up in the context of antibiotics, but not infrequently in dealing with narcotic medications. This type of error often happens because the physician fails to completely review the patient’s medical chart for medication history and use or sometimes even for current medicines administered or prescribed while in their care, which are known to have a potential for adverse interactivity. Drug interactions can also occur to OTC or “supplements” that a patient may be taking on their own and doctors who fail to obtain a complete history often miss a crucial tidbit of information that could help to prevent an adverse drug interaction and harm to the patient. Similarly, in a hurry, a physician may prescribe the wrong medication because of a transcription or spelling error or because the common name of the drug sounds similar to another drug. These types of errors can cause significant adverse medical events that result in serious injuries.
Some drugs are inherently harmful or toxic to the human body; although, they may serve a therapeutic end, which because of their toxicity and the potential harm to certain organs or bodily functions, should be monitored during administration or through follow-up examinations and blood or enzyme tests. While some responsibility falls to the patient to ensure they make scheduled follow up examinations, the physician who fails to counsel about and/or schedule the follow-up tests, may be committing serious malpractice.
Not infrequently physicians fail to prescribe a medicine that is necessary for proper post-visit care. This type of scenario can also arise when a doctor fails to express to a patient the urgency of a critical medicine that is necessary for proper and safe continuity of care. Doctors can also sometimes prescribe the wrong dosage of the proper medicine.
Many of the above-mentioned errors can also occur through simple error by the pharmacist in handling the drug, by mis-dosing the drug, miscounting the amount(s), or by mistaking the wrong medicine entirely. Pharmacists also have some responsibility to ensure patient understanding of special dosing and use directions.