Each time a patient is prescribed prescription medication, a physician has determined that the medicine is medically necessary for the plaintiff’s health. However, when a doctor prescribes a prescription, the doctor assumes that the medication that will ultimately be provided to the patient is exactly what they specified.
In the case of a Maryland pharmacy error, or a situation in which a medication is recalled, the medicine that a patient is provided is not what their doctor intended. As a result, there can be serious and potentially life-threatening consequences. If a patient is not given the medication that they were prescribed, the existing condition that necessitated the prescription will not be treated. This often leads to the worsening of symptoms.
Compounding the potential for injury is the fact that whatever medication the patient is provided may have been adulterated, contaminated, or contain other substances that can cause the patient injury or harm. Such a reaction may be due to an allergy, an adverse drug interaction, or an inadvertent overdose if too high a dose is provided.
There may be several parties who can be held liable in a Maryland medication error case, depending on the type of error involved. For example, if a pharmacy provides the wrong medication to a patient, the pharmacist that filled the prescription would be an obvious potentially liable party. Alternatively, in situations involving injuries caused by an unreasonably dangerous, defective, or recalled medication, a plaintiff’s claim may be filed against the drug’s manufacturer.
Birth Control Medication Recently Recalled
According to a recent news report, four lots of birth control medication have been recalled due to what has been called a “packaging error.” The recalled medication is Drospirenone and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets, USP, and is manufactured by Apotex Corporation. The affected medication was shipped nationwide.
The error involves the number of pills included in the pill-based birth control medication. Evidently, blister packs should contain 21 yellow pills containing medicine and seven pills containing a placebo. However, the affected blister packs may include the wrong number of placebo pills. The company explained that if “a patient does not take a tablet due to a missing tablet or that a patient takes a placebo instead of an active tablet, loss of efficacy is possible.” The affected blister packs are marked with lot numbers 7DY008A, 7DY009A, 7DY010A, and 7DY011A.
Have You Been Injured as A Result of a Dangerous Medication?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured due to a recalled medication or otherwise defective drug, you may be entitled to financial compensation through a Maryland medication error lawsuit. At the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, we represent injury victims in all types of medication error claims, including Maryland pharmacy errors. To learn more about how we can help you pursue a claim for compensation based on the injuries you have endured, call 410-654-3600 to schedule a free consultation today.
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Some Pharmacies May Lack Safeguards Protecting Patients Against a Physician’s Over-Prescribing, Pharmacy Error Injury Lawyer Blog, March 1, 2019.
ISMP Hopes Maryland Pharmacists Will Take Extra Precautions After Fatal Pharmacy Error, Pharmacy Error Injury Lawyer Blog, February 4, 2019.