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Anchorage Prescription and Medication Errors Lawyers Assist Victims

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Potent drugs have serious downsides, and when they are prescribed or dispensed carelessly, patients can suffer irreparable, even deadly, harm. If you or a loved one has suffered from a healthcare provider’s mistake with medication, Dillon & Findley, P.C. can help. Our lawyers have ample experience with cases involving prescription and medication errors with hospitals and nursing homes, as well as individual physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, pharmacists and other professionals who prescribe medications, fill prescriptions or dispense drugs.

Attorneys take on healthcare providers who cause medication and prescription errors

The manufacture and distribution of prescription drugs are highly regulated, and professionals who prescribe or dispense them are held to a strict standard of care. Unfortunately, careless mistakes occur, and patients suffer as a result. Common medication errors include:

  • Prescribing the wrong drug or dosage — Many drug names sound alike, but are very different compounds used for very different conditions. Confusing them while ordering or filling a prescription can be deadly to a patient. But even too little or too much of the correct meds can cause harm.
  • Prescribing a drug for “off label” use — Drugs get approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat specific conditions. However, many substances are noted for their “off label” uses to address other medical problems or symptoms.
  • Filling a prescription with the wrong drug or dosage — Pharmacists can misread prescriptions or carelessly select the wrong drug.
  • Dispensing the wrong drug or dosage — In hospital or nursing home settings, poor record keeping or inattention by nurses can lead to patients getting the wrong pills, too little or too much medication, or late medication. Some patients might miss doses altogether.
  • Failing to note drug interactions — Some drugs that are safe when taken alone are toxic in combination with other drugs. Physicians and pharmacists must be extremely careful and consult the patient’s history to guard against potentially dangerous interactions.
  • Failing to take account of side effects — Anyone who prescribes a drug should conduct a thorough patient history to ascertain whether a known side effect might be unreasonably dangerous for the patient.

Medication errors can be difficult to detect. But if a patient fails to thrive, develops additional symptoms, or exhibits changes in personality, an error in medication could be at the root of that problem.

Strong litigators work to prove medical malpractice when drug errors are made

Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider’s careless mistake causes direct harm to a patient. First, there must be evidence a mistake occurred. Proving malpractice requires detailed investigation, but our Anchorage medical malpractice attorneys are up to the task. We have ample experience in nursing home and hospital negligence cases, as well as suits against individual physicians, pharmacists and nurses. We collect the relevant records and review the documents to find errant notations. Then, we consult medical experts who can testify that the mistake constitutes a violation of professional standards.

When an investigation proves by a preponderance of the evidence that mishandled drugs directly caused harm to a patient, that patient is entitled to full personal injury damages, including compensation for additional medical expenses the error caused, lost income and the patient’s pain and suffering. As your staunch advocates, we aggressively pursue the maximum payment to which you are entitled.

Contact an experienced Alaska lawyer regarding a medication error claim

Located in Anchorage, Dillon & Findley, P.C. advocates on behalf of Alaskans who have been harmed by errors related to prescription medication. Please call us today at 907-277-5400 or contact us to schedule an appointment.