Prescription medications can work wonders in combating pain, illness, and infection. They do this by suppressing the effects of certain chemical responses that occur in designated systems of the body. Those in Providence taking prescription medications probably put more thought into the effects the drugs have on them than how they actually deliver that effect. Yet taking incorrect medications can trigger chemical responses within the body that can be harmful or, in some cases, even fatal.
Healthcare workers are relied upon to know how to avoid mistakes when it comes to prescribing and dispensing medications to patients. The most basic of those expectations should be that they ensure that the right medication goes to the right patient. A failure to meet this seemingly simple task can have grave consequences for those who, through no fault of their own, end up with the wrong prescriptions.
An Arizona woman recently faced such consequences after having been given the wrong patient’s medication. What she thought were the meds prescribed by her doctor to combat a series of infections was actually an entirely differed drug meant for a different patient. When questioned about the mix-up, her local pharmacy attempted to place the blame on poor physician dictation, despite the woman pointing out that the text on the prescription was printed, not handwritten.
While it was reported that her conditions did worsen after taking the wrong medication, the extent to which they worsened is unknown. For many of the victims of drug mix-ups such as these, the resulting effects can leave them severely injured or even dead. These victims may be entitled to compensation from their providers. A personal injury attorney with experience with medical malpractice lawsuits may be of great assistance in helping one pursue such compensation.
Source: WXIX “Surprise woman takes wrong meds after pharmacy mixup” Allyson Blair, Feb. 17, 2014