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Drug error leads to $12 million award for injured woman

A contested use of a dangerous drug has led to a monetary award for a woman injured in a hospital. The woman won a $12 million jury verdict after the trial, which will now be applied towards her ongoing medical needs. Although this incident occurred in another state, individuals in Rhode Island may be interested to learn of the details of the drug error case in the event of something similar in their own lives. 

Negligent pharmaceutical companies charged with opioid issues

The effects of opioid abuse have reached epidemic proportions across the United States. City and county governments are clamoring to aid the addicted, with treatment and emergency care for abandoned and orphaned children, and staff-strained EMS departments. Some locales blame the opioid epidemic, at least partially, on negligent pharmaceutical companies, as revealed in a recent news story. Rhode Island residents may be interested to learn more about the complex issue. 

Prevention steps to stop pharmaceutical error

Medicines are powerful and potent chemicals. They have the power to reverse illness, relieve symptoms and the power to cause harm if administered incorrectly. Under-staffing, rushing and technological errors are all contributing factors to pharmaceutical errors. In Rhode Island, a pharmacist is responsible to dispense medications properly so the patient is not harmed. If a pharmaceutical error is a concern for a pharmacist, he or she may wish to utilize some prevention strategies to avoid patient injury. 

Will Rhode Island Lyme disease program cause pharmacist error?

Lyme disease is an illness caused by a bacteria carried by ticks. The disease can cause severe headaches, neck stiffness, arthritis, joint pain, facial palsy and problems with short-term memory. Rhode Island is one of 14 states with Lyme Disease-carrying ticks and is a hotspot for Lyme disease cases. Pharmacies have expanded their role in prescribing medicines across the state under what is called collaborative practice agreements and are now able to give doxycycline to patients who have been bitten by ticks within a 72 hour window. Some feel that pharmacist error in diagnosing and assessing the tick bite will lead to increased antibiotic resistance. 

Is it an allergy or a side effect?

When you are sick or in pain, you typically go to a doctor in Providence County expecting immediate relief. When such a visit results in you being prescribed a medication, the hope is that taking it will provide such relief. Yet while a drug may alleviate symptoms related to your condition, it could also produce new (and often unpleasant) issues.

Assigning vicarious liability to prescribing physicians

Have you ever considered if the use of medication by a complete stranger could somehow affect you, as well? Many of those in Providence County that we here at DeLuca and Weizenbaum have worked with in the past may tell you yes based off their own personal experiences. If you were ever to encounter such a scenario, could the prescribing doctor be held liable, just as he or she would be in a case involving a medication error that you experience?

Reviewing the reasons for the under medication of cancer patients

The abuse of pain medication by people in Providence County and throughout the rest of the U.S. has been well-documented. Oftentimes, cases of abuse begin by one having a legitimate need for such medication, yet ultimately becoming addicted to it. Given the potential for addiction, doctors must be judicious in prescribing pain medication. Yet can that apprehensive attitude result in patients being under medicated?

Reviewing the pros and cons of implantable drug delivery systems

If you are required to take a medication to combat a chronic condition, then you may know full well the issues that can arise from persistent prescription drug use. Many of the Providence County residents that we here at DeLuca and Weizenbaum LTD have worked with in the past have reported problems like forgetting to take their medications on a regular basis or suffering side effects such as tissue damage from repeated injections. Some might say that implantable drug delivery systems may be the answer to the challenges you may face in adhering to your medication schedule. However, these devices are not without their flaws.

Overmedication cited as reason for woman’s death

Most medical experts in Providence County would agree that up-to-the-minute diagnostic testing and an observance of a patient’s current symptoms are both required in order to deliver adequate care. Any deviation from this standard could result in inappropriate therapies or interventions to be ordered, the application of which could potentially cause one’s condition to worsen even to the point of death. If such deviations are discovered, those affected by such errors may justly wonder why they ever happened.

Who is as fault for your medication error?

Medications are an essential element of healthcare. At the same time, they also can pose a serious risk to patients in Providence County. If you are prescribed a medication by your doctor, you likely have full confidence that he or she understands exactly what affect it may have on you, and that your pharmacy will fill and label your prescription correctly. Most share this same assumption, yet the 100,000 hospitalizations and 700,000 emergency department visits that occur every year that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality lists as being due to adverse drug events seems to cast doubt on such confidence.

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