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Medication Which Is Inappropriate For Patient Based On Medical History

When a physician or other medical professional dispenses medication, it is important for that medical professional to consider a patient's medical history when opting for treatment. In some cases, a patient's medical history makes them ineligible for specific medications.

If you have been injured by receiving the wrong medication for your condition, you may have legal recourse if medical negligence in Miami or your community caused the error. To learn more about your rights and to get a free case evaluation, contact the Flaxman Law Group to arrange for your no obligation consultation.

Why do Medical Errors Occur in Miami and Florida?

There are number of situations where a patient's medical history can affect the type of medication that they can receive:

  • children may not be eligible to get the same medication as adults
  • pregnant women may not be able to get some medications due to their condition
  • some medications are not to be used by people with specific medical conditions because the ingredients can cause complications
  • some drugs may interact with others and should not be used by people who are taking other medication
  • patients who have allergies should not take specific drugs that can aggravate those allergies

There are many reasons why medical history is not always considered when dispensing patients’ medication:

  • In emergency rooms, doctors may be intent on saving a life and may not check a patient's medical history
  • In a new doctor-patient relationship, doctors may not be privy to past allergic reactions or drug interactions
  • In some cases, prescription drugs may interact with over-the-counter drugs or even herbal remedies that a patient does not report using
  • Pharmacy errors and prescription mix-ups
  • Product liability issues in Miami and Florida can mean that unreported drug interactions are possible with drugs but these interactions are not always reported by drug manufacturers
  • Pharmacies may not alert patients to possible interactions of drugs they are taking
  • Patients may fail to read information about drug interactions
  • Patients may doctor shop or may use several pharmacies, reducing the possibility that someone will notice a potential drug interaction or potential allergic reaction in time

In all of these cases, it is important for pharmacies, doctors, and patients to work together to provide the best possible care for the patient. Patients have a responsibility to alert their physician and pharmacist to any over-the-counter or natural supplements they are taking and to alert pharmacists and physicians about any possible allergic reactions they may have had to medications in the past. Doctors and pharmacists have an obligation to carefully check the patient’s medical history and current medical conditions and prescriptions before dispensing medication.

Pursuing a Medical Malpractice Claim in Miami or your Community

If despite these precautions you are injured by incorrect medication or pharmacy errors in Miami or your community, you may be able to launch a personal injury claim in order to recover compensation for your injuries. If you have sustained a serious injury, it is always a good idea to at least consult with a personal injury attorney in Miami or your community in order to find out about all your options.

If you would like to discuss your options and rights, you can always contact the Flaxman Law Group legal team. The Flaxman Law Group can review your case and can help you understand whether you have a legal claim. After a free consultation with the Flaxman Law Group, you may be in a better position to determine what you should do in your situation.