Medication error

Study Shows Drug Injuries Caused By Medication Errors Are Common

by Staff Blogger | October 28th, 2014

One of the most common causes for drug injuries in the United States today is medication errors, which occur when patients are given too much or too little of a drug—or the wrong medication altogether.

And according to new research, these types of drug injuries may be more common than you think, especially among children. An article from Time magazine features a new study showing that one in eight children will be victims of medication errors this year alone.

Researchers examined medical records collected over a decade and discovered more than 200,000 drug errors reported to poison control centers each year. The victims in roughly one-third of those cases were children under age 6. Almost 82 percent of the incidents involved liquid medications, while almost 15 percent of injuries were caused by tablets or capsules.

The research team that conducted the study suggested that drug makers improve the labeling and dosage directions for their products.

The drug injury attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough have seen the devastating results that medication errors can have and are hopeful this study prompts action to better protect patients from harm.

 

As Texas Compounding Pharmacies Get Less Oversight, The Number Of Facilities Grow

by Staff Blogger | November 13th, 2012

November 13, 2012

The Austin American-Statesman reports that funding for prescription drugs in Texas has decreased dramatically in recent years, leaving citizens more exposed to drug injury risks than ever before.

In 2007, the Texas State Board of Pharmacy was granted $50,000 per year to conduct random testing on drugs compounded by pharmacies, like the one connected with the nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak.

Over the last several years, funding has slipped by as much as 72 percent. In 2010, medications from more than 65 Texas pharmacies were tested for not only contamination, but also potency. The following year, the number plummeted to only 30 tests conducted because of budgetary issues. By August 2012, only 21 tests had been conducted.

Although the testing of compounded medications has decreased, the number of facilities manufacturing drugs has grown to 6,300 facilities and has laws overseeing the process has been relaxed. For example, a drug made by these facilities can have as much as a 10 percent discrepancy in its designed level of potency. These types of miscalculations have a potential for causing serious drug injury.

The Drug Injury Lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough understand the complexities of filing a claim for a drug injury and are here to answer any questions you may have regarding your legal rights if you have been caused harm by a medication given to you by a physician.