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The Effects Of Adverse Drug Interactions

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Watch the video below to learn more about the effects of adverse drug interactions and what is involved when monitoring medications.

 

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Video Transcript

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0:00 Intro
0:15 The Effects Of Adverse Drug Interactions: The Duty To Warn
1:05 The Effects Of Adverse Drug Interactions: Duties Of The Healthcare Professional
1:18 The Effects Of Adverse Drug Interactions: Who Is Responsible For Warnings?
1:56 Manufacturer Warnings
2:48 Third-Party Warnings

Among the important responsibilities of healthcare professionals is what is known as the duty to warn. 

0:15 The Effects Of Adverse Drug Interactions: The Duty To Warn

What do we mean by duty to warn? We can think about warnings, particularly in the context of medication, from three perspectives. What should that warning be about? Who is it that should be issuing the warning? Who is the proper audience for a warning?

When it comes to medications, you may have heard advice from your doctor that says don’t take this medicine and drink alcohol, and then operate a motor vehicle. This is an obvious example of what a warning might be about. 

1:05 The Effects Of Adverse Drug Interactions: Duties Of The Healthcare Professional

So the question for the healthcare professional is, do I have a duty to tell this patient or to warn this patient that if they take the medication I’m prescribing, they should take it only in limited or restricted circumstances?

1:18 The Effects Of Adverse Drug Interactions: Who Is Responsible For Warnings?

The second concept in this area is who needs to be providing warnings, particularly when it comes to drugs and potential interactions with other drugs or foods or beverages, or other agents in our environment. One of the actors in the warning scenario that we look to is the healthcare professional to instruct the patient and or the patient’s caregiver as to what should or should not be done in the context of administering a particular medication. 

1:56 Manufacturer Warnings

But there’s another aspect of warning that you need to be aware of, and that is the responsibility not of the healthcare professional, but of the manufacturer of the drug to also issue proper warnings about their product based on accumulated knowledge by that manufacturer concerning potential adverse consequences when the drug is used inappropriately or in a situation where the manufacturer knows that that drug may cause harm. So we have duties to warn on the part of not only the healthcare professional but maybe also on the part of the manufacturer of the prescribed product.

2:48 Third-Party Warnings

Then we also want to understand who is the audience for a given warning. Failure to warn can be an important concern not only when it comes to the patient, but there may be a duty to warn other individuals, so-called third parties about the fact that an individual has or is taking a particular drug.

If you’d like to learn more about failure to warn in terms of when warnings need to be issued, who needs to issue the warnings, and to whom the warning should be issued, please continue to explore the videos at the LawMD website.

 

More on Drug Interactions

When prescribing medication, your doctor will ask this first question: “Are there any other medications you are currently taking?” This information is important to prevent doctors from prescribing patients contradicting medications that may cause harm. Doctors may not ask about current medications and fail to spot potential drug interactions. Negative drug interactions can occur when doctors and nurses do not ask. Speak with a physician-attorney for adverse drug interactions if you have suffered from this medical error.

Drug Interactions: The Dangers

Drug interactions are almost always dependent on which medications an individual is taking. Different drugs can have different effects on the body so not all drug interactions will be the same. Information about possible drug interactions can usually be found at both online and in-store pharmacies.

Some of the most dangerous drug interactions can even lead to:

  • Cardiac arrest
  • Respiratory failure
  • Organ damage
  • Death

A person who is exposed to drug interactions that cause these problems can suffer irreparable damage and severe consequences. This harm can even lead to death in severe cases. Patients who have been affected by adverse drug interactions could be eligible for financial compensation from their doctors.

 

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