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Who Should You Call When Prescription Medications Cause Issues?

Watch our video to learn more about prescription medical malpractice and who you should call when prescription medications cause issues.


Learn More:

What Is The Difference Between Medical Malpractice And Medical Negligence?

What Is Medical Malpractice?

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Video Transcript

0:00 Intro
0:30 Prescription Medications Causing Issues: Who Can You Talk To?
1:41  Prescription Medications Causing Issues: Is A Pharmacologist?
1:58 Prescription Medications Causing Issues: What Is A Toxicologist?
3:18 More Than Just Prescription Medications
4:33 Combining Medications

Have you ever been in a situation where you were concerned about something you took as a medicine, or what you took as a combination of medicines might have led to some kind of health problem?

0:30 Prescription Medications Causing Issues: Who Can You Talk To?

There are medical professionals who make it their business to know something about what some of these interactions can be between various medications, or medicines and food, or medicines and beverages of some sort, or drinks of some sort, or interactions between medications and something in a person’s environment.

If you think you may have encountered any of these issues, then you might consider contacting a physician’s attorney. You might wonder who would I consult for such an issue? Is there somebody I could talk to with regard to this kind of issue that I’m raising? 

Well, there are certain specialists out there who are known as pharmacologists and toxicologists. What is a pharmacologist and what is a toxicologist?

1:41 Prescription Medications Causing Issues: What Is A Pharmacologist?

Well, a pharmacologist obviously studies pharmacology and pharmacology is basically the study of the desirable effects of medications. 

1:58  Prescription Medications Causing Issues: What Is A Toxicologist?

Toxicology is the field where toxicologists learn and study and do research on the undesirable effects, not only of medications but of many substances, and many agents in our total environment.

So when it comes to health issues and whether or not something in your medicine cabinet or in your household or in the environment around you, that can include your garage, it can include your place of work, it can include places that you travel to when you have issues that you think could have arisen at least in part because of where you’ve been or what it is that you’ve encountered or exposed yourself to, then there are certain types of experts, again like pharmacologists and toxicologists who are in a position to help you understand at least what may be known about various types of exposures and whether or not we know that those types of exposures at least could possibly cause a human health problem.

3:18 More Than Just Prescription Medications

When we talk about this invite, this totality of a person’s environment, we’re not just talking about the prescription medication that the doctor wrote for you, but we also can think about anything you might go to buy in the grocery store or the drugstore, so-called over-the-counter products.

We could also think about that very large world on the internet whereas many of you have probably figured out by now, you can buy just about anything, and that includes not only over-the-counter products, but also dietary supplements, or counterfeit drugs. The kinds of products where you’re being told on the internet what might be in that product but you don’t really know and you don’t have a way of necessarily assuring yourself that when you purchase a product on the internet that what you’re going to receive is something that contains what you expect or believes it contains.

4:33 Combining Medications

But we also have the situation of folks using their medicines, using them properly, but then also combining those medicines with over-the-counter products, or with taking those medicines in the context of exposures to other things, other agents in their home or in their workplace.

So we have, for example, a variety of products in the home that when inhaled or when taken by mouth either intentionally or accidentally, not only have the potential to cause harm by themselves, but you may find a situation where exposing oneself to the product in the household as well as the medication. either prescription or over-the-counter, where the combination of those exposures can lead to an illness that might not happen if exposed to only the medication or the over-the-counter preparation or only the substance in the household or in the workplace.

There are many different examples of these types of exposure patterns that we can talk about, but at this point in our conversation, we just want to sort of paint the picture of what the possibilities are.

The Importance of Acting Quickly

Medical malpractice claims are governed by a strict statute of limitations. If you have been harmed by a medication mistake, you have a short amount of time in which to file a claim. If you miss this narrow window of opportunity, you could forever miss your chance to receive compensation for your injuries.

Although taking on a doctor, hospital, or nursing home can seem daunting, speaking up for yourself could also mean giving a voice to others who have been harmed due to medication errors. Tragically, some medication mistakes happen because of bad policies in doctors’ offices and hospitals. In many cases, it takes just a single patient to stand up and bring attention to bad practices. Your case could be the one necessary to bring about an important change that saves lives and prevents others from experiencing life-threatening injuries.

Contact Our Nationwide Medication Error Attorneys Today

Drug mix-ups and medication mistakes have become more common in recent years. As the baby boomer generation nears retirement age, a growing number of people are turning to pharmaceuticals to treat medical conditions, extend their lifespan, and improve their quality of life. Unfortunately, this has led to an increase in medication errors.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a doctor or pharmacist’s medication-related negligence, don’t wait to seek help.