Many nursing home residents suffer from cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s or other illnesses, and they are prescribed a number of medications to treat their health conditions. Nursing home patients and their families expect that the nursing home staff will provide proper medical treatment—including dispensing the correct medications at the precise times. However, some nursing home residents are not given the right medication or even the correct dosage of medication.
Sadly, many nursing home residents are prescribed the wrong drug or are given the wrong prescription in error. When nursing home patients get the wrong medication, it can be very serious—causing serious injuries. Some of the serious side effects of receiving the wrong medication may include:
- Allergic reactions – Also known as adverse drug reactions
- Ineffective treatment – As they are not being treated for the health condition they have but rather receiving medication intended for someone else
- Liver failure
- Dangerous drug interactions
- Serious injury
If you believe your aging parent is receiving the incorrect medication, too much medicine, or isn’t being given their drugs at all—they could be suffering needlessly due to someone’s carelessness. Sadly, the side effects of receiving the wrong medication can be very dangerous and even life-threatening.
Medical professionals have a standard of care to provide your loved one with the correct medication. If your elderly relative has suffered or died as a result of a medication mistake at a nursing home, you should contact Kennedy Hodges to speak with a medication error attorney in a free consultation at 888-526-7616 today.