When your doctor prescribes you a medication and you have it filled at your local CVS or Walgreens pharmacy, how often do you question the dosage that has been prescribed? Do you ask the pharmacist if the dosage printed on the label is actually what the doctor wanted you to take? If not, you may be doing yourself an injustice as there are many individuals who are harmed throughout the U.S. by being prescribed the wrong type of medication and/or the wrong dosage.
Anew mother in California experienced this first-hand and is now suing CVS for the medical mistake that could have taken her life. Here’s what happened and why Maria Rique Gamboa wants to hold CVS accountable for their error.
In late 2016, Gamboa gave birth to her baby boy she and her husband spent years trying to conceive. If you are a parent, then you know how frustrating and stressful this can be. But, when Gamboa’s “miracle son” Daniel was born, it was a few weeks too early. The new mother delivered Daniel at 31 weeks and he only weighed three pounds.
Naturally, he was placed in the NICU, but the trouble didn’t stop there. Gamboa had been diagnosed with preeclampsia and her blood pressure skyrocketed to dangerous levels. The two were treated separately and when Gamboa was finally discharged from the hospital, ABC 10 News said the doctor prescribed the blood pressure medication Labetalol for her to take. The prescription was filled at a CVS located just down the street from the hospital and after the new mother took the medication, she found that she felt even worse.
Gamboa’s son was still in the NICU and she realized there was a real problem when she went to visit and she blacked out. She said she remembers her heartbeat was rapid and she was sweating. Her blood-pressure had increased to “life-threatening levels.” The doctor couldn’t understand why this would happen, especially because she had been taking the medication. That is when Maria Gamboa realized the pharmacist at CVS had made a mistake with the dosage. While her doctor had prescribed 400 mg of Labetalol, the pharmacist only gave her 100 mg and told her to take it twice daily.
Gamboa filed suit against CVS for the medical error they had made. Her CA medical malpractice lawyer is “claiming professional negligence on the part of CVS and the pharmacist.”
Aside from nearly losing her life, Gamboa’s milk supply stopped and because her son was too young for formula, they had to rely on donor milk to keep him alive. Thankfully, the family has recovered from the incident but Gamboa believes this occurs more frequently than we think but is often not reported on.
What can you do to avoid becoming a victim of a medical error involving medication?
According to the California Board of Pharmacy Executive Officer Virginia Herold, “consumers need to be their own advocates and not blindly take a medication.” Herold says “the easiest way to prevent a dispensing error is to take the time to talk to the pharmacist.” However, not everyone is educated on what medications are, how much they should be receiving, and if what the pharmacist is telling them is actually correct. That is why patients rely on doctors to set the dosage amount and choose the correct medicines based on their conditions and illness, and actually receive that.
The fact is, pharmacies are obligated to call a doctor and clarify whether or not the dosage is correct. And when they fail to do so, they can be held accountable when they provide an individual with the wrong medication and/or the wrong dosage of it.
If you have been provided with the wrong medication which has led to pain and suffering, you may be able to hold the doctor and/or pharmacy accountable by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against it.
In the event you or someone you know has been given the wrong medication in San Diego, CA whether it was an error made on part of the treating physician or the pharmacist, you may have a viable case on your hands. And in that case, you will want to consult with a San Diego, CA medical malpractice lawyer. The medical negligence attorneys at The Law Offices of Bruce S. Meth have been helping clients in San Diego since 1982 and have the skills and knowledge necessary to assist with your matter. These injury attorneys pride themselves on client satisfaction and will fight for a favorable outcome for you and anyone else affected by the medical mistake.
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