Mercer County is facing a drug crisis when it comes to drug abuse, addiction, and overdose, but it is also facing another type of drug crisis related to dangerous prescription drugs. Patients rely on doctors to diagnose conditions they are suffering from and to properly treat those conditions. Patients rely on the safety of pharmaceuticals that doctors prescribe to treat their medical conditions. Patients also trust that pharmacists properly fill their prescriptions and provide accurate and safe instructions for use. Unfortunately, pharmaceutical cases lawyers know that unsuspecting patients are often injured by prescribed pharmaceuticals.
Pharmaceutical injuries can be caused by dishonest, negligent, or reckless conduct by a number of people in the medical and pharmaceutical industries. Patients who do not know any better may continue taking harmful medication even after experiencing dangerous complications or side effects because they do not know that their medication is the cause of the health problems they are experiencing. Unfortunately, the consequences of taking dangerous medication can be severe, debilitating, and deadly.
When innocent patients are prescribed medication that is harmful to their health, there are several parties that may be responsible.
- Pharmaceutical companies may be liable for the following:
- Failure to conduct adequate drug testing prior to making the drug available.
- Ignoring and failing to report a drug’s harmful effects.
- Failure to properly warn of potential risks and side effects.
- Failure to warn of dangers discovered after the drug is already circulating in the market.
- Putting their financial interests ahead of patient safety.
- Prescribing doctors may be liable in the following circumstances:
- Erroneous prescription. This could happen when a doctor makes a mistake in the prescribed dosage or in prescribing a medication that is not appropriate for the patient’s condition.
- Failure to review medical history and current medication to determine potential dangerous interaction with other drugs or a patient’s medical condition.
- Failure to recognize side effects during follow up appointments or in response to patient complaints.
- Failure to warn of risks and side effects.
- Pharmacists may be liable in the following circumstances:
- Filling a prescription with an incorrect amount or dosage.
- Incorrect instructions included with the prescription.
- Failing to recognize a prescription error.
- Failing to warn of harmful interactions with other drugs.
Types of pharmaceutical injuries
See below for types of pharmaceutical injuries that can result from dangerous, improperly prescribed, or improperly filled medications:
- Heart failure
- Birth defects
- Cardiovascular complications
- Cancer from dangerous ingredients
- Suicidal thoughts
- Blood clots
- Kidney damage
- Liver damage
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Muscle damage
- Heart valve disease