Upstate New York Drug Interactions Attorney
Modern medical science has developed medications that can do amazing things, but many of these drugs also have serious risks associated with them. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and hospitals all have a role to play in making sure medications are administered properly and safely.
Unfortunately, medication errors do happen, often as a result of medical malpractice. At the Law Offices of Sanford Rosenblum, P.C., our Albany medication error attorneys help clients throughout Upstate New York hold negligent medical providers accountable.
Seeking Compensation for Drug-Related Malpractice
Prescription drugs are heavily regulated for a reason. Every medication has the potential to cause serious side effects, especially if it is administered or used incorrectly. Medical providers must take reasonable steps to prevent serious errors, including the following:
- Off-label uses: When a drug has been approved for a particular use, prescribing it for a completely different use can be dangerous. For instance, the use of the gastric ulcer drug Cytotec (misoprostol) to induce labor has been linked to serious injuries to newborns and mothers.
- Contraindicated medications: Many drugs pose specific risks to people with certain medical conditions or people in certain age groups. In some cases, the decision to prescribe a contraindicated drug to a patient may constitute medical malpractice.
- Drug interactions: Some drugs also pose specific risks in combination with other drugs. Doctors have a responsibility to find out what drugs their patients are taking and avoid prescribing drugs to them that are likely to have dangerous interactions.
- Dosage errors: A doctor who prescribes an unreasonably dangerous dose of a drug, or a nurse or other medical professional who administers more or less of a drug than was prescribed, may be liable for medical malpractice.
- Pharmacy errors: Pharmacists have a responsibility to make sure they are dispensing the correct medications at the correct dosages. When they fail to do so and people get hurt as a result, they can be held accountable.
- Anesthesia errors: Anesthetics are particularly powerful medications, and the anesthesiology profession has established standards for monitoring patients who are under anesthesia in order to quickly identify and treat any complications or side effects.
If you have been harmed or have lost a loved one has a result of any type of medication error, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule a free consultation with an experienced trial lawyer. You will not pay any fees or expenses unless we help you recover compensation