According to the Centers for Diseases Control, 82 percent of Americans take at least one medication every day. This number represents millions of people and millions of prescriptions to be filled. Prescription mistakes can be very dangerous. If a person takes the incorrect dosage of a medication, the person could suffer side effects, and the error could even be fatal. In Rhode Island, pharmacists take steps to avoid these types of medications errors, but some cases still slip through the cracks.
One woman is suffering the effects of taking the wrong dose of medicine. As a result of a high dose of the drug lamotrigine, she developed Stevens Johnson syndrome and suffered severe skin problems as a result. The woman is currently in litigation for the medication error, and individuals in Rhode Island who have been diagnosed with Stevens Johnson may be able to learn something from the woman's case.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.