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Man loses vision after being given ear drops instead of eye drops

People in Providence rely on the assumption that doctors, dentists, pharmacists, and others operating within the healthcare industry are not only qualified but also competent to perform the work that they are engaged in. After all, these providers are required to certify to the highest degree of safety standards before being allowed to practice. Unfortunately, no amount of schooling, training, or certifications can completely eliminate human error from healthcare. However, there is often a fine line between human error and gross negligence. When a patient’s health hangs in the balance, negligence cannot be tolerated.

Such is the argument being made in a lawsuit filed by a Texas man against a local pharmacy. Documentation shows that when the pharmacy filled the man’s prescription for eye drops, the pharmacist gave him ear drops instead. The man claims that after applying the ear drops to his eyes as he was instructed to do per the directions given by the pharmacy, he felt immediate irritation and pain. Ultimately, the use of the ear drops as eye drops caused him to completely lose vision in his left eye, causing his overall health to further deteriorate.

Typically, when people think of medication errors, they often associate them with a wrong dosage being given or a drug triggering an allergic reaction in a patient. Most would probably assume that a provider would never give a completely wrong drug, let alone a drug from an entirely different drug category. When people suffer from such alleged negligence, they may be within their rights to sue their providers for compensation. Those needing assistance in initiating such action make find it through working with a personal injury attorney. 

Source: KPRC Houston “Houston man sues CVS pharmacy, claiming loss of vision from wrong prescription” Phil Archer, June 19, 2014  

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