More Americans rely on prescription drugs to stay healthy than ever before. According to the Center for Disease Control, the sale of prescription opioids in the United States nearly quadrupled between 1999 and 2014. It’s not just opioids, either; as a society we have become increasingly dependent on pharmaceutical drugs to fix issues like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other conditions.
This puts the wellness and safety of average Americans into the hands of those preparing prescriptions. If a prescription is handled incorrectly in any way, the patient involved could become incredibly ill or even die. Because of this, prescription drug malpractice has risen in prominence over the years. Since it’s likely that you have taken prescriptions yourself, a strong understanding of prescription drug malpractice may one day be important to you!
Adverse Drug Reactions
This form of medical malpractice has the potential to implicate the pharmaceutical company making the medicine, your doctor, your pharmacist, or all three! Adverse drug reactions occur when your body and the medicine clash. The adverse reaction could be something minor, like an unpleasant taste, or it could be a severe issue.
Believe it or not, more than 100,000 people die from adverse drug reactions every year, and more than 1.5 million people are hospitalized for the same reason. If the drug company did not provide the right warning labels for adverse reactions, if your doctor improperly prescribed a medication, or if your pharmacy failed to warn you of potentially dangerous interactions, you have the right to pursue compensation.
Your medical professional would never purposefully prescribe a drug that puts you in danger, but human error can lead to mistakes that do put you in harm’s way. Diagnostic errors, inadequate patient health histories, failure to review health history, and failure to ask what drugs you are already taking are all points of negligence that indicate medical malpractice. Medical professionals are responsible for ensuring that your prescription drugs do not make your health problems worse.
Get the Help You Need
It takes a special type of lawyer to pursue a medical malpractice claim related to prescription drugs. Such cases are complex and require a comprehensive understanding of the medical and legal systems. Luckily for you, the attorneys at Catania and Catania in Tampa, Florida are experts in the field of medical malpractice. They will help you fight for lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other losses that you experienced as a result of prescription drug malpractice. Call 1-800-253-5523 now for your free consultation.