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Cancer patient receives Narcan after medication errors

An 87-year-old cancer patient was the victim of a recent opioid overdose in a hospital and needed to be revived with Narcan and CPR. The woman had recently undergone cancer surgery and was being administered Dilaudid, a powerful drug used to control pain. She repeatedly asked hospital personnel whether the drug being administered to her would hurt her. The nursing staff assured her she would be fine. In Washington, D.C. and other states, medication errors are becoming more common.

Pharmaceutical errors no small matter

Many prescription drugs are strong and frequently cause side effects, so errors in dosage -- or, sometimes worse, mix-ups in the actual medication type -- are typically no small matter. Patients in Washington, D.C. and across the country rely on prescription medications -- and by extension, pharmacists -- to keep them safe and healthy. As such, pharmaceutical errors often have serious negative consequences, even for those victims lucky enough to survive.

Medtech accused of switching prescription medication

When Washington, D.C residents finally realize they can no longer care for aging relatives at home, many spend a good deal of time trying to find the best possible nursing home or assisted living facility to care for their elderly or infirm loved ones. Doing so can be crucial, as such individuals are often dependent on the staff at these medical facilities for all their daily needs, from food preparation to hygiene to administering prescription medication and more. Frighteningly, in another state, this trust appears to have been misplaced, and the family has filed a lawsuit.

Medication errors can be life-threatening, even fatal

Washington, D.C. residents and individuals across the country rely on pharmacies like Walgreens for the prescriptions to help them regain, or maintain, their health. Most pharmacists are highly trained and conscientious, focused on ensuring the well-being of their customers. When medication errors do happen, the results can be life-threatening, as seems to be the case regarding a recently filed lawsuit in another state.

Lawsuit accuses Walgreens of two separate pharmaceutical errors

Pharmacists go through years of education to make sure they are properly trained for their jobs. After all, there are lives at stake. Not only do Washington, D.C. patients rely on prescription medications to help treat their illnesses, but taking an incorrect medication due to pharmaceutical errors can have drastic, even deadly, consequences.

Lawsuit: Fatal prescription medication error led to liver failure

Sometimes drug side effects are unavoidable, and the benefits of a medication outweigh the inconvenience. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and if a Washington, D.C. physician is not careful, a prescription medication error can lead to serious injury or, worse, death. Sadly, in another state, a lawsuit was recently filed regarding what appears to be just such an example of negligence in prescribing a medication, and it cost a man his life.

Prescription medication errors can be dangerous, even fatal

Frighteningly, pharmacy errors occur much more frequently than many people realize. Most of these mistakes, thankfully, are minor, or the mistake is discovered before too much damage is done. Not everyone is so lucky, unfortunately, and while a recently filed lawsuit over an incident involving an incorrect prescription didn't occur in Washington, D.C., these types of medication errors occur all over the country every year.

Prescription medication allegedly resulted in birth defects

Expectant mothers are often very careful about what substances they allow to enter their bodies. From avoiding certain foods to confirming a prescription medication is safe to take during pregnancy to checking with their Washington, D.C. physicians before engaging in specific activities, many pregnant women take extreme caution to ensure the safety and well-being of the children they are carrying. However, when these women do not have access to all pertinent information, they cannot make informed decisions, which, in turn, may have detrimental effects on their infants' health.

Numerous lawsuits over prescription medication Xarelto

Every day, patients across the U.S. rely on various medicines to keep them healthy, and residents of Washington, D.C. are no exception. Unfortunately, sometimes the very prescription medication intended to keep patients alive comes with side effects that can be severe, if not fatal. Worse yet, what if these side effects could be monitored, but neither doctors nor patients were made aware of the risks and potential preventative measures because the drug manufacturers were suppressing the data?

Walgreen's alleged medication errors send teen to ICU

Despite the fact that pharmaceutical mistakes happen every day across the U.S., few people realize the frequency at which they occur. Fortunately, it's a problem that most residents of Washington, D.C., won't ever have to worry about, but for the unlucky individuals who do end up the victims of medication errors, it's a nightmare experience they won't soon forget. After just such an ordeal in another state, a mother has recently filed a pharmaceutical litigation suit after she claimed a pharmacy's mistake resulted in a trip to intensive care for her son.

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