A compounded medication is made when separate ingredients are combined in a specific dosage for a particular patient. While this process allows doctors to customize drugs for their patients, it has also resulted in serious problems that include but are not limited to medical malpractice claims that arise from the following situations:
- Using the wrong ingredients in a medication
- Dispensing an incorrect dosage
- Labeling drugs incorrectly
- Laboratory cross-contamination
In 2012, compounding pharmacies made headlines across the country when the Centers for Disease Control found that the New England Compounding Pharmacy in Framingham, Massachusetts, spread over 700 cases of fungal meningitis due to contaminated steroid medications. 64 people died, other patients became gravely ill, and laws concerning compounding pharmacies were passed everywhere.
No sooner did this crisis come to public attention than another one arose, this one involving Main Street Family Pharmacy, a Tennessee compounding pharmacy. It was preparing injections with methylprednisolone acetate, the same drug behind the NECC fungal outbreak. By June 2013, 14 cases of adverse reaction had been identified, most of them manifested by skin abscesses after intramuscular injections. In December the pharmacyâ€™s co-owner pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor criminal violation of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
Pharmacists owe a duty of care to those receiving the medications they dispense or compound. This duty requires them to:
- Fill prescriptions correctly
- Measure the right ingredients for a compound
- Informing the patient of both the medicationâ€™s purpose and the correct way to administer it.
- Letting the patient know about any potential side effects or possible drug interactions
If they fail in any of these responsibilities, then they have breached the duty of care and pharmacy malpractice.
When a patient receives incorrect or contaminated medication, adverse side effects can result, many of which are potentially immediate and life-threatening. They can also result in chronic conditions that impact their quality of life and even be lethal.
If you or someone you love has suffered a painful and/or permanent injury after taking medication prepared at a compounding pharmacy, then call a New York personal injury attorney immediately. Your attorney will hold the pharmacy personnel accountable and demand that they compensate you for both economic and noneconomic damages such as:
- Emergency and ongoing medical treatment
- Loss of wages
- Loss of earning potential if your injuries leave you unable to work again
- Rehabilitative treatment
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death and associated costs such as funeral and burial expenses
No one should be forced to suffer due to someone elseâ€™s professional negligence. Your attorney will advocate for you and spare no effort in getting you the settlement you need to recoup any financial losses and move towards recovery. Jayson Lutzky is a Bronx, New York medical malpractice lawyer. If you were injured at the hands of a doctor, then you may be entitled to receive cash compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering and medical bills. Contact Mr. Lutzky at 718-514-6619 to set up a free in-person consultation. Visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com to learn more.