Pharmacists Overlooking Dangerous Drug Combinations in Nursing Homes

In a report from The Bay Citizen, it was discovered that 18 of the 32 investigations into California nursing homes between May 2010 and June 2011, revealed cases where pharmacists prescribed prescription medicine combinations that were dangerous in some manner.  A recent investigation by the California Department of Public Health, uncovered an incident where a resident at Greenhills Manor nursing home in Campbell, California, who had a history of seizures was prescribed an antipsychotic medication, Seroquel. One of the risks of antipsychotic drugs is seizures.  Furthermore, the same patient was given an antidepressant, Trazodone, also found to increase the risk of seizures in older adults. To add to the already dangerous situation, she was also prescribed a second antipsychotic medication, Risperdal.  In addition to the danger of seizures, the combination of the 2 antipsychotic drugs increases the risk of life-threatening irregular heartbeats (arrhythmia). Despite the risks with all these medications, the pharmacist never noted them in the patient’s chart.  A report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that nationwide, at least 40 percent of Medicare claims for antipsychotic medications were improperly prescribed.  If you were the victim of a dangerous drug and suffered serious injuries, seek assistance from a New York medical malpractice attorney to learn if you’re eligible to pursue a claim. You may be entitled to compensation.

Contacting a New York Medical Malpractice Attorney 

When you have sustained a serious injury or lost a loved one because of pharmacist negligence you are entitled to seek compensation for your damages and suffering. Consulting with a New York medical malpractice attorney can help you better understand your rights, determine liability for your injuries, and decide if filing a medical malpractice claim is right for you.  At Gacovino Lake & Associates we have formed a dedicated network of medical malpractice attorneys that serve clients nationwide. Our New York office serves residents of the 5 boroughs with their auto accident, medical malpractice, defective drug, premises liability, and Workers’ Compensation claims. For experienced help with your medical malpractice claim, contact us today – 1-800-246-4878.

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