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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
For most parents in Washington, D.C., and across the nation, the thought of anything happening to their children is terrifying. Mothers and fathers are usually very careful to follow doctors' and pharmacists' instructions, trusting these medical professionals to ensure their children's health and well-being. What happens, then, when that trust is misplaced and the prescription medication they so diligently gave their child turns out to be wrong?
When the Food and Drug Administration places safety warnings on medication boxes, they do so to alert users in Washington, D.C., and across the country of potential side effects and hazards. If these warnings are ignored, the results could be not just harmful but fatal. Take, for example, a recent wrongful death suit involving three doctors who allegedly administered a prescription medication despite the warning on the label, and, in doing so, may have caused a woman's death.
With tens of thousands of patients taking aripiprazole every year, there is a good likelihood that a number of Washington, D.C. residents have taken the drug at some point. The prescription medication, marketed under the brand name Abilify, has been used to treat disorders like depression. However, a growing number of lawsuits indicates that the negative side effects may far outweigh any potential benefits.