When patients go to the doctor for treatment of an ailment, they expect to receive proper care to help them overcome their illness. Doctors frequently prescribe medications to help patients combat illness or to minimize symptoms until the illness subsides. While prescriptions can be very effective when used properly, they can also be detrimental if an incorrect prescription is issued.
When Prescriptions Go Wrong
Somewhere between the writing of a prescription at the doctor’s office and the receipt of the medication from a pharmacy, a prescription may be prepared incorrectly. With all of the complicated names that medications have, it can be easy for a patient to miss a mistake and take a wrong prescription that sounds very much like another. While it is excusable for a patient to miss the mistake, a trained professional, such as a doctor or pharmacist, has a responsibility to ensure that the proper prescription is being issued. If you have become ill from an incorrect prescription, a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or assistant may be responsible.
The Cost to the Patient
A patient may incur several costs from taking the wrong prescription. The patient’s health may be compromised because not only is his or her illness not being treated properly, but he or she is ingesting drugs that are not needed, which could cause further health complications and make the patient even more sick. The time during which the patient is unknowingly taking the wrong drug is also wasted time that could have been used to properly treat the illness, so it may take longer for the patient to recover. Also, medications can be expensive. When the mistake is discovered, the patient has already paid money for the wrong drug and now has to pay more money to receive the correct one. Additionally, the incorrect medication may be much more expensive, considerably setting back the patient financially.
If you have been taking an incorrect prescription that was issued to you, consider contacting a personal injury lawyer immediately. You may be entitled to compensation for the cost to your health, time, and finances. A personal injury attorney will protect your interests and fight to get you the compensation that you may deserve.