Medical malpractice continues to be an issue in Pennsylvania and the rest of country. The mistakes physicians and hospitals make can lead to the wrongful death of patients.
The failure to diagnose the condition of a patient is the basis for many medical malpractice cases in Pennsylvania and in other states. One of the basic elements of a doctor’s responsibility to a patient is to follow medical standards in order to correctly diagnose a condition so that the patient can be properly treated. The accuracy of a doctor’s diagnosis can be critical.
With recent reports of drug overdoses in the news, such as the heroin-related death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, most Americans are aware of the dangers of so-called “street” drugs. But many heroin addicts actually started down the road to illegal drugs through legal prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and Percocet. Pennsylvania medical leaders and the legislature are hoping to bring awareness to this problem in order to avoid the over-prescribing of such drugs and related medication errors.
A leading pharmacy chain is under fire after allegedly filling the wrong prescription for a 5-year-old boy. The parents thought the prescription drug, labeled Haloperidol, was meant to treat the child’s allergies. The boy’s name was clearly printed on the label. The parents did not know that the powerful drug is an anti-psychotic medication used in the treatment of adults.