Archive for the ‘Medication Errors’ Category

Beloved Pennsylvania Nun and Teacher Dies After Alleged Medical Mistakes

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

On January 6, 2011 Sister Maria Angelita Soliman Quito, a nun who taught at Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Pen Argyl, died. It is alleged that Sister Angelita died from low blood sugar after treatment at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Salisbury Township.  Specifically, it is alleged that the blood sugar test strips used to measure Sister Angelita’s blood glucose levels were faulty and that, as a result, doctors kept ordering that she receive more insulin which caused her to go into a diabetic coma and die.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health report on Sister Angelita’s death, the nun died because of the faulty blood glucose test strips, poor record keeping and a failure of communication among the staff.

We extend our sincere condolences the family, friends and students of Sister Maria Angelita Soliman Quito.

Pittsburgh Area Doctor Sentenced for Illegal Prescriptions

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Earlier this spring, Dr. Charles McCool of Allegheny County pleaded no contest to the unlawful administration of a controlled substance by a practitioner.  Dr. McCool was accused of prescribing pain medications to patients whom he never met in person but with whom he conferenced over the phone.  Specifically, the government alleged that Dr. McCool prescribed medication to 22 patients in Allegheny, Beaver, Lehigh, Monroe and Northampton Counties after a short phone conversation and without a physical examination.  In some cases, Dr. McCool is accused of not reviewing medical records before prescribing medication and in one case issuing two prescriptions to the same patient –  one in the patient’s name and one in the name of an already deceased person.

Dr. McCool will now pay a fine, perform community service and spend 5 years on probation for this Pennsylvania felony medical malpractice case.

Should You Let Your Child or Parent Take That Antipsychotic Drug?

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Recently, pharmaceutical companies paid out about $5 billion for illegally marketing antipsychotic drugs.  The settlements came after claims that the drugs were being administered to children in psychiatric hospitals, foster care and juvenile prisons and to elderly in nursing homes who did not have conditions for which these drugs have FDA approval to treat.

For example, studies indicate that drugs that are approved to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are being used to treat posttraumatic stress disorder and ADHD.  In other cases, the drugs are simply being used to make patients easier to manage without any known benefit and with serious potential risks including death.

If you have a loved one for whom an antipsychotic medication is being suggested, it is important to ask questions about why the drug is being prescribed, whether the drug has FDA approval to treat the condition for which it is being prescribed, and about the potential benefits and risks of the drug.

What You Should Know About Oxycodone and Oxycontin Prescriptions

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Oxycodone and Oxycontin are powerful pain medications.  When used correctly, these pain management medications can significantly improve a patient’s life. However, these medications are also a source of potential harm.

These medications are among the most common drugs used in prescription drug abuse.  They are highly addictive and can create euphoric feelings similar to those experienced on street drugs.  For this reason, doctors who prescribe Oxycodone and Oxycontin must be vigilant about monitoring patients dependence and dosage.  The failure to exercise a reasonable standard of care in prescribing these drugs may result in significant harm, or death, for a patient.

If you, or a loved one, have been hurt by Oxycodone or Oxycontin then it is important to talk to a Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer who can help you determine if a doctor, or drug manufacturer, had any part in causing the injuries.

Is Your Once a Week Medication Safe?

Monday, March 21st, 2011

A recent article written by the president of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices suggests that once a week medication may be subject to potentially dangerous errors.* Weekly prescriptions that are taken more frequently than once a week can be dangerous, or even fatal.

Whether a doctor miswrites the dosage on the prescription, the pharmacist automatically assumes the medication should be taken daily (as most medications currently are), or the person responsible for dispensing medication misinterprets the directions, the consequences could be severe.

Therefore, as the patient or a caregiver, it is important to make sure that you understand what your doctor is prescribing and how it should be administered.

If you have been hurt by a medication error, please contact a Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer for more information about your rights.

*Source: Philly.com, Drugs given once a week may be prone to deadly dosage errors, Monday March 14, 2011