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Medication Errors

South Carolina Medical Malpractice Lawyers Protect Patients Injured by Medication and Drug Errors

When your doctor’s or hospital’s prescription medicine or drug harms you instead of helping you, our lawyers call them to account

Drugs and medicines are often confused as one and the same thing, but there is a significant difference between them. “Drug” describes a substance generally regarded as narcotic, hallucinogen, or stimulant. On the other hand, “medicine” describes a preparation used for the treatment or prevention of disease. The damages that result from getting the wrong medicine or drug, or the wrong dosage of either, can be devastating. Serious injuries and deaths have been caused by errors in prescribing, dispensing, and administering all kinds of medications and drugs, especially when the drugs involved are potent painkillers, or the medicines are anticoagulants and antibiotics.

The passionate South Carolina medical malpractice attorneys at McGowan, Hood and Felder, LLC, have dedicated our careers to helping people just like you through the darkest times in their lives. We know that you’re scared, and that you probably have a lot of questions about your options and your future. You don’t have suffer through this alone; let us be your guide after a medication error changed your life.

What are some common types of drug and medication errors?

There are numerous opportunities for error in prescribing, formulating, dispensing, and administering medications and drugs. A distracted doctor may prescribe a medicine to which the patient has a known allergy, or may prescribe a dosage many times stronger than the patient can tolerate. A hospital pharmacist may misread a prescription, or inadvertently fill it with a substance having a close generic name. A nurse or intravenous (IV) technician may set the controls of an IV machine incorrectly and drip too much of a narcotic painkiller into the patient’s IV line. A representative sample of errors includes:

  • Wrong medicine/drug
  • Wrong strength or dosage
  • Medicine/drug given to the wrong patient
  • Drug overdose
  • Improper drug instructions
  • Failure to counsel and warn the patient about side effects
  • Dangerous or Improper directions for taking a medication/drug
  • Prescribing a medicine/drug to which the patient has a known allergy

In addition, certain patients may be at risk of Stevens – Johnson syndrome (SJS), a severe drug-induced skin disorder in which the dermal and epidermal layers separate and blister, and whose leading cause appears to be the use of certain antibiotics and sulfa drugs.

What to do if you are a victim of a drug or medicine error

Medicine and drug errors can cause problems that range from pain and suffering to permanent disability and death, as well as financial loss to the patient and his or her family. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious medicine- or drug-induced injury because of negligence by a doctor, pharmacist, nurse, IV technician, or hospital, you should seek qualified legal counsel as soon as possible.

Put your trust in the South Carolina law firm that puts people first

McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC has extensive experience advocating for people who have been injured by negligence in prescribing, formulating, dispensing, and administering medicines and drugs. We are dedicated, driven, and committed to delivering results. Your medical malpractice case matters to us. Let us help you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.

Contact McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, today.  Call 803-327-7800 and schedule a free case evaluation by a South Carolina medical malpractice attorney, or fill out our contact form from any device.  We proudly serve people throughout South Carolina from offices in Columbia, Anderson, Rock Hill, Sumter, and Georgetown.