As our population ages, more and more people rely on medications to maintain their health. But, it is not just the elderly who need medicines. Children with childhood illnesses, pregnant women, diabetics of all ages, post-surgical patients and people in chronic pain rely on their doctors to properly diagnose their illnesses and to prescribe the proper medicine in the proper dose that will address those illnesses. They rely on pharmacists to use caution in filling their prescriptions.
A doctor should consider many questions when he or she prescribes medicine for a patient. What is the patient’s illness? What is the best medication to prescribe? What is the proper dosage? What other prescription or over-the-counter medications is the patient taking that might adversely interact with the prescribed medicine? Sometimes, preventable errors occur in prescribing and filling prescriptions. Those errors may result in serious injuries or even death.
Medication error malpractice claims are complex and require an expert review. In reviewing cases of improperly prescribed or improperly filled prescriptions, we carefully evaluate the patient’s medical conditions and medication history. We read medical textbooks to determine how the medicine should have been prescribed. If a preventable error has happened, we aggressively seek fair compensation for the patient who is a victim of a medication error.