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Did prescription medication error cause untimely death?

Anyone in Washington, D.C. who is suffering from illegal substance addiction issues and has the option to check themselves into a drug treatment facility. There, medical professionals are responsible for overseeing the detox program, issuing prescription medication as necessary and ensuring the process is done in a safe manner. One woman in another state, however, lost her husband when the health care professionals in charge allegedly prescribed a medication that led to the man's death.

The woman filed a lawsuit against the Retreat at Lancaster County and the doctors who were responsible for the care of her now-deceased husband. He voluntarily sought admittance and was accepted into the addiction treatment center. During the admission screening examination, doctors were informed – or allegedly should have realized – that the patient suffered from alcohol, heroin and crack cocaine addiction, with a medical history that included bipolar disorder, anxiety and depression and several other issues.

After admittance, the man was prescribed a number of medications as part of his detox program, with prescriptions ranging from Cymbalta,  Phenobarbital and Trazadone to Flexeril, Abilify and a variety of other medications. When the man began to suffer from withdrawal and displayed corresponding symptoms, one of the defendants, a doctor, met with the patient and prescribed Subutex in addition to everything else the man was already taking. Subutex and a number of the other medications being administered are noted respiratory depressants, according to medical documentation cited in the lawsuit.

Shortly thereafter, the man was discovered unresponsive. He failed to regain consciousness despite emergency administration of CPR and was subsequently declared dead. When his personal belongings were searched by officials and no drugs were discovered, it was determined that his death was due to the negligence of the doctors and their error in giving him prescription medication that led to multiple drug toxicity. The woman is seeking in excess of $50,000 in damages in the wrongful death suit. Likewise, anyone in Washington, D.C. who has lost a loved one due to a prescription error or medical negligence has the right to seek the legal counsel of an attorney.

Source: pennrecord.com, "Woman claims negligence led to untimely death of her husband in drug treatment facility", Nicholas Malfitano, Jan. 30, 2017

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