Texas Dangerous Drugs Attorney
Doctors and pharmacies should be alert to dangerous drug interactions. At most pharmacies, drug utilization edits or "DUR edits" appear electronically on a pharmacist's computer screen when processing a prescription for insurance purposes. If a person does not have insurance, the dispensing pharmacist should ask him or her if they take any other medication and advise them about potential dangerous drug interactions.
Likewise, when doctors prescribe medication, they should consult a patient's medical history and avoid prescribing drugs that will dangerously interact with other medications he or she is taking. At Hartley Hampton, P.C.,, our medical malpractice attorney holds pharmacists, pharmacies, and doctors liable for injuries and fatalities that result from dangerous drug interactions.
If you've suffered serious medical complications or have lost a family member due to a dangerous drug interaction, contact medical malpractice lawyer Hartley Hampton today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
Polypharmacy, the Elderly, and Dangerous Drug Interactions
Many of us take more than one daily medication. When a person takes multiple medications, there is a heightened risk that the drugs they take will war against each other in the person's body. Additionally, if a patient takes over-the-counter medications or drinks alcohol, there is an increased risk for additional medical complications. Symptoms of polypharmacy include the following:
- Mental confusion
- Diarrhea, constipation, incontinence
- Decreased sexual behavior
In many cases, polypharmacy is the result of prescribing medications that aren't really needed or aren't supported by sufficient data to justify. If your older parent or spouse has suffered or died from polypharmacy, our attorney can review the actions of doctors involved and determine if they failed to follow standard treatment protocols in prescribing medications.
Dangerous Drug Interactions at the Pharmacy
Pharmacists make errors for a number of reasons. Given the shortage of pharmacists, there may only be one overburdened pharmacist on duty, responsible for overseeing a handful of assistants. In this environment during busy times, miscommunication can occur and the wrong medication can be given to a patient. As Walgreens, CVS, Rite-Aid, Wal-Mart, and Target pharmacies compete, more and more are open 24 hours a day.
If a pharmacist is available to work a late or evening shift, fatigue and inexperience can also result in dispensing errors that lead to dangerous drug interactions. When this happens, out attorney holds pharmacies liable for their failure in a duty of care towards patrons that have every expectation that the medication given to them is the correct prescription.
Contact Houston Drug Interactions Lawyer Hartley Hampton
Don't assume you had a chance bad reaction to a drug - your pharmacist or doctor may be liable. To schedule a free consultation and discuss your case, contact medical malpractice attorney Hartley Hampton today.