It all began with a toe infection. The family of a 33-year-old man who died after repeated trips to a healthcare facility for his rapidly worsening condition says that it ended with his death due to an antibiotic medication error. Recently, a federal court agreed and reached a settlement of $2.5 million with the man's family and fiancee. The settlement was awaiting approval from the U.S. Department of Justice because the lawsuit was filed in federal court due to federal funding of the healthcare facility involved.
Misplacing a decimal point may seem like a small mathematical errors, but for patients in Kentucky and elsewhere in the United States, putting a decimal in the wrong spot on a prescription or medication order can make the difference between life and death. Unfortunately, such medication errors go undetected more than the average person thinks, leading to overmedication that can result in serious injury, the worsening of a medical condition or even death.
A new report by the National Academy of Sciences shows that military doctors may be overprescribing pain pills. This lax prescribing leads to the issue of overmedication that seems to be plaguing service people with resulting addictions.Active personnel who are caught abusing prescription drugs may be given a dishonorable discharge, leading to loss of veterans' benefits. Unable to pay for their medication, they may resort to criminal behavior to get the drugs, such as buying from dealers or other patients. This can lead to a lack of speaking out regarding addictions. Active duty personnel are afraid to seek help because it may result in the loss of benefits they need to continue to get needed drugs.
In Montgomery County, Ohio approximately 40 people have reportedly died in suspected overmedication-related deaths in 2011, a death rate that doubles that of other urban Ohio counties. State authorities are cracking down. And if authorities are correct, a Dayton doctor could be staring at the wrong end of several medical malpractice lawsuits brought by families who have lost a loved one to his medical negligence as well as by some patients suffering injuries from overmedication.