Many Florida residents fear that taking too much of one medication can cause problems that may be difficult or even impossible to recover from. Many medications can affect a patient negatively when combined with others. Because of this most doctors are very careful when prescribing medications. Unfortunately, sometimes doctors overlook details and prescribe too much of one medication or prescribe two medications that may interact poorly with one another. If the patient suffers serious injury as a result, grounds may exist for a medical malpractice claim.
The claim was filed by the parents of a man who suffered from mental illness and died at the age of 46 after being prescribed two medications that eventually became toxic. These two drugs were Celexa and Clozaril and were used in 2013. Both medications were prescribed by the same psychiatrist.
The doctor was shown to have prescribed double the maximum allowable dose of Celexa to the patient. The evidence also showed that he did not inform the patient’s parents of the drug’s FDA warnings. Those warnings stated that, in high doses, this drug could cause sudden cardiac death.
Understandably, it is crucial to know how drugs will affect patients at different doses and how those drugs will be affected by other medications. Patients and/or their families who believe that they have suffered due to a doctor’s or other medical professional’s error could benefit from speaking with a medical malpractice attorney about filing a claim. A successfully navigated lawsuit mat result in a monetary judgment for additional medical expenses and other financial losses recognized by applicable Florida laws.
Source: wtrf.com, “Wheeling law firm obtains $2 million verdict in medical malpractice case“, May 17, 2018