Last week, the Food and Drug Administration announced that the manufacturer of a popular blood-pressure medication would be recalling thousands of bottles of the medication after what appears to have been a medication mix-up. According to one news source covering the recall, Accord Healthcare announced that it would be recalling one lot of its Hydrochlorothiazide tablets in the 12.5mg dosage.
The recall was announced after a pharmacist at a local drugstore discovered that a bottle marked as containing the 12.5mg tablets of Hydrochlorothiazide tablets actually contained another medication. None of the medication was provided to patients, and the manufacturer’s initial investigation into the error did not cause them to believe that any other lots suffered from a similar error. However, out of precaution, the manufacturer recalled the entire lot that contained the bottle with the wrong medication.
The Hydrochlorothiazide tablets are round orange pills that have the letter “H” on one side, and the number “1” on the other side.
Liability Following Drug Recalls
Patients are provided prescription medication, in most cases, because their health depends on it. These medications, while offering major benefits to those who need them, can also have serious side effects. When a patient is provided with the wrong medication, or the wrong dose, there is a potential for serious injury.
Most drug companies manufacture multiple types of drugs which designed to treat various ailments and are made up of very different compositions. Given the volume with which these companies produce medication, it is not surprising that errors routinely occur. And when an error occurs, patients are put at risk.
When a patient takes a medication that was not prescribed to them after a pharmacist or drug manufacturer makes an error, the patient may be able to recover compensation for the injuries they have sustained through a Maryland pharmacy error lawsuit. These cases are based on the traditional theory of negligence, but often require additional scientific or medical knowledge beyond the understanding of most people. Thus, expert witnesses are common in Maryland pharmacy error cases because they held explain the issues involved to the jury. For example, an expert may be necessary to explain to the jury how the plaintiff’s injuries are related to them having ingested a certain unprescribed medication.
Have You Been Given the Wrong Medication?
If you or a loved one has been given the wrong medication, it may be due to an error on the part of either the pharmacy or the drug manufacturer. In either case, you may be able to obtain compensation for the injuries you have sustained as a result of the error. The dedicated Maryland pharmacy error attorneys at the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC have extensive experience handling complex prescription error cases, and know what it takes to be successful on behalf of their clients. To learn more, call 410-654-3600 to schedule a free consultation today. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we are able to help you recover for your injuries.
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