Drug interactions are a great concern for the many people who are taking multiple prescription medications. Because prescription drugs can interact with other drugs and even the chemicals of the human body and ultimately cause harm, doctors and pharmacists are expected to take proper care when prescribing medication to patients. Unfortunately, doctors and pharmacists make medication mistakes from time to time and don’t realize a patient is on another medication that may interact with the new drug prescribed.
According to a recent survey published by Forbes, about one-third of Americans take at least one prescription drug, and half of all those over the age of 55 are on prescription medications. The potential for drug interactions increase with the increase in medication use, and senior citizens take more prescription drugs than any other age group due to their aging bodies and ailments. This makes seniors the people most susceptible to and affected by conflicting medications. Sadly, it is estimated that approximately 100,000 people in the U.S. die annually from adverse drug reactions.
If drugs are dispensed that interact dangerously with another drug a patient is already taking or is allergic to, the interaction can cause serious injuries, such as:
- Allergic reaction
- Heart attack
- Dangerously low or high blood pressure
- Respiratory failure
- Brain injury
- Wrongful death
When Drug Interactions Cause Harm
Patients usually trust that their doctors and pharmacists will give them their medications safely. However, when prescription errors occur and patients are prescribed medication that conflicts with the drugs they are already taking, patients need to hold the pharmacy or doctor responsible. This is because doctors and pharmacists have a duty and obligation to provide medications that do not adversely interact with one another. Even if the drug interaction did not cause a wrongful death, a patient should still be compensated for the following:
- Trip to the emergency room
- Hospital bills
- Surgical costs
- Prescription medication costs
- Other medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Other losses
For help finding out if the dangerous drug interaction was caused by either or both the doctor and pharmacy involved, call our skilled pharmacy error lawyers today. We can conduct an investigation to expose negligence so that you can receive justice and just compensation for the wrong you suffered. Call Kennedy Hodges, L.L.P. today at 888-526-7616 to find out your rights during a free consultation and receive a FREE copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.