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Pharmacy confuses similar sounding medications resulting in patient’s death

A recent lawsuit filed by the executor of the estate of a deceased woman, illustrates the dangers associated with a pharmacist’s confusion over similar sounding prescription medications. In this case, a woman was prescribed Metolazone, a diuretic. The pharmacist mistakenly gave her Methotrexate, a cancer medication. Methotrexate suppresses the immune system. The pharmacy malpractice victim was not suffering from cancer, and subsequently died from the mistake.

Like most prescription medication errors, this was preventable. The pharmacist need only take an extra couple of seconds to verify with the woman that she was prescribed Methotrexate. Methotrexate side effects include: Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, drowsiness, dizziness. Temporary hair loss may also occur.

In this case the pharmacy was negligent in the following ways:

  • giving the woman the wrong medication
  • not verifying her medication
  • failing to follow proper safeguards for Methotrexate
  • failing to disclose to the injured party the name of the medication and its side effects
  • failing to obtain informed consent

Have You Been Affected by a Pharmacy Mistake?

If you or a loved one has recently been harmed after being provided with the wrong medication, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for the injuries you have sustained. At Kane Law, we handle pharmacy error cases. To learn more about how we can help you pursue a claim for compensation, call 1-866-764-6060.

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