Modern medicine saves millions of lives each year. However, this is only true if people take the right drugs and dosages for their conditions. Of the 1.5 million Americans who take the wrong medicine every year, at least 1.3 million develop serious complications because of it, according to the National Patient Safety Foundation. This can lead to exorbitant medical bills and diminish their quality of life.
If you are the victim of a medical mistake, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Mr. Dow is an Austin injury attorney who can investigate your claim, gather evidence and handle settlement negotiations on your behalf.
Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation. You can also visit the USAttorneys website to learn more about medical malpractice claims.
Here are five common pharmacy errors in Texas:
- Giving Medication to the Wrong Patient
Always check your prescriptions. Make sure that your name is on each of your medications.
- Dispensing the Incorrect Medicine
Some drug names are complicated; others are similar in spelling. Make sure that the medicine you receive is the same as your doctor prescribed.
- Substituting One Drug for Another
Substituting drugs can have lasting consequences for patients. Pharmacists are not qualified to make these switches without authorization from the prescribing physician.
- Dispensing Expired Medication
Also, drugs that pass their expiry dates are dangerous. They send thousands to hospitals each year.
- Misinterpreting Prescriptions
Medication mistakes are not the only forms or medical malpractice. Surgical errors, delayed diagnoses and birth injuries can all cause serious complications. Patients and their families often cannot afford the added health-care expenses. This is where an injury attorney may be able to help.
If you or a loved one was the victim of a pharmaceutical error, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Mr. Dow is an Austin personal-injury lawyer who can determine if you may have valid grounds for a claim. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation.