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Prescription and Pharmaceutical Errors Can Lead to Major Health Risks

By Steve Charpentier on June 16, 2015

A prescription pill bottleWhen people come to Charpentier Law Firm, they can expect to discuss their case with some of the finest attorneys in the greater Melbourne area. This legal help is especially important to consider in medical malpractice lawsuits involving negligent doctors. Sometimes the issue has less to do with treatment in the practice and more to do with prescribed treatments. With that in mind, let's consider medical malpractice cases that involve pharmaceutical mistakes.

Doctors Need to Prescribe the Right Medications to Their Patients

When a patient suffers from a serious medical problem of some kind, it's to be expected that their doctor would prescribe the right medication to address symptoms of the condition if not the condition itself.

And yet there are so many cases in which doctors fail to meet this basic standard of care. The doctor may misdiagnose a condition and prescribe antibiotics rather than antiviral medication. Or perhaps the doctor will prescribe a drug that would be ineffective given the patient's needs and general health.

Allergies and Contraindications Need to Be Considered and Taken Seriously

In addition to properly diagnosing and writing prescriptions for effective medications, doctors should also take into account any allergies that the patient may have. An allergic reaction to medication can be serious and require additional medical attention.

It's also important for doctors to consider if the patient is taking any other medications that would lead to serious side effects when taken in combination with the new medication. Failure to account for these contraindications can mean the difference between life and death.

Pharmacists Need to Be Diligent When Filing Prescriptions

The responsibility isn't just the doctor's when writing out a prescription. It's equally important for pharmacists to be diligent in these matters. There have been many cases in which pharmacists fill the wrong prescription, or provide the wrong medication to the wrong patient. Issues with dosage and instructions also come up when pharmacists fail to exercise responsibility.

Pharmaceutical Companies Have to Be Held Responsible Too

While we've focused on doctors, pharmacists, and the obligations of those in the medical profession, it's also important that we turn our attention to the pharmaceutical companies as well. These corporations make billions of dollars each year, and when they put out a drug that is harmful to consumers and patients, these companies need to be held accountable. Wellness should not be a secondary concern to profit, which is why it's important to have skilled attorneys on your side when taking on any business interest.

How Skilled Lawyers Can Help in These Cases

Medical malpractice lawsuits can be quite complex, requiring experience and legal know-how to properly negotiate these matters. By partnering with a skilled attorney, you will receive expert counsel on various legal matters that will be of great value in your time of legal need. We will help guide you through the complexities of the legal process and provide peace of mind through our purposeful actions.

Learn More About Your Rights in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

To learn more about your legal options following an injury due to a pharmaceutical error, it's important that you contact our personal injury attorneys today. The lawyers of the Charpentier Law Firm will work with you to ensure that justice is served.

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