Medication error FAQ: What You Need to Know

By | Medication Errors

Medication error FAQ According to a study from Johns Hopkins University, medication errors may possibly be the third-ranking cause of death in the Unites Sates. While there have been some that say that the Hopkins study is inaccurate, these same critics admit that such errors are indeed a significant problem. This medication error FAQ, from the law firm of Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu, & Montesi, PLC, will answer some of the questions you might have concerning this topic.Q. What is a medication error? A. The Food and Drug Administration defines a medication error as “… any preventable event that may cause…

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Study: Medication errors more prominent in southern states

By | Medical Malpractice

When we go to the doctor, we expect that we will be treated properly and hope that we will leave feeling better. Often times, medication is prescribed to treat a particular illness and we trust that the doctor has chosen the safest and most effective medicine available, and that the pharmacists will fill the prescription properly. Mistakes in either of these areas can create serious problems for patients, but the truth is that medication errors happen all too often. A recent study took a look at how often mistakes are made when doctors prescribe patients with “high-risk medications.” The results…

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Company linked to meningitis outbreak suspended in Tennessee

By | Medical Malpractice

Residents across Tennessee should be aware of the recent meningitis outbreak that has hit this state the hardest. The outbreak started after a drug company sent out steroid supplies tainted with a fungus. The company is called the New England Compounding Center and has recently voluntarily surrendered their license to operate in Tennessee. According to reports, the Pharmacy Board of Tennessee has agreed to suspend the company’s license in light of the tragic drug contamination. This may have little effect on the entire situation as the drugs have been recalled and the company has ceased their operations at least temporarily,…

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Survey Reveals Striking Frequency of Medical Mistakes

By | Medical Malpractice

A recent Wolters Kluwer Health survey found that nearly one in every three Americans say they or a family member or friend have been the victim of a medical mistake. In the survey, “medical mistake” is defined as being given incorrect treatment or the wrong medication or dosage. More than one in five respondents said that they have been misdiagnosed by their doctor, and 45 percent said that they have received an incorrect bill from their healthcare provider. Sadly, these statistics show that the standard of care being provided to patients is not nearly as good as it should be….

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CMS: Many Nursing Homes Overmedicating Dementia Patients

By | Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

Many seniors wind up in nursing homes because they have Alzheimer’s or dementia and can no longer care for themselves. Unfortunately, too many of these vulnerable patients end up being mistreated by their caregivers. Some nursing homes either mistakenly or intentionally over-administer antipsychotic drugs to patients with dementia. Often, this happens because the patients cannot communicate their needs and because their outbursts are stressful for the people caring for them. Antipsychotic drugs can help a patient to calm down. However, taking too many can cause serious harm and even death. According to 2010 statistics from the U.S. Centers for Medicare…

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Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Leading Cause of Liver Failure in the U.S.

By | Dangerous & Defective Drugs

An advisory panel of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggested lowering the recommended and maximum daily doses of acetaminophen to 650 mg and approximately 2,600 mg, respectively. The lowered dosing is intended to protect consumers from unknowing overdose that may lead to liver complications or failure. Acetaminophen-containing drugs, like Percocet and Vicodin, are also on the chopping block. Both drugs are made up of a combination of hydrocodone or oxycodone and acetaminophen. The suspected problem with these types of pain killers is that many who take them are unaware that they also contain acetaminophen and they may take additional Tylenol or…

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Hospital, doctors under fire for medication death

By | Medical Malpractice

When loved ones are in the hospital, friends and family members expect doctors to be responsible and safe when administering medication. However, patients and caretakers in Tennessee should know their lives could be at risk when doctors do not prescribe the correct types or levels of drugs to help treat injuries or conditions. Though they cannot undo the devastating damage, medical malpracticelawsuits can be a helpful tool when seeking justice if facilities or doctors become careless when making important decisions for an individual’s health. Recently, a similar lawsuit was filed against the Hampton VA Medical Center by the sister of…

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