Last year, a record number 4.02 billion prescription drug medication scripts were filled by Americans, up from 3.99 billion prescriptions filled in 2010 at a cost of nearly $309 billion.
One study reported that as many as 5% of prescriptions filled each year are incorrect. Medical prescription drug statistics show the potential for adverse drug reactions in children to be 3 higher than for adults. Medical malpractice lawsuit statistics also show that doctors make about 4 prescription mistakes for every 1,000 prescriptions written.
A personal injury caused by incorrect prescriptions can result in thousands of dollars of unnecessary medical bills and pain and suffering inflicted on a patient. If you have been injured by a prescription error, doctor or pharmacist, or received wrong with the wrong drug, the wrong dosage, or the wrong instructions for taking a prescription drug, even if the doctor’s prescription was correct, we can help.
Protect Yourself from Prescription Drug Errors
- Read the prescription out loud and ask the physician to confirm it.
- Verify and write down the prescription drug’s name and dosage, and confirm it with your doctor.
- Use a reliable pharmacy with sufficient staff.
- Avoid shorthanded pharmacies and “internet” pharmacies.
- If you have any questions about your prescription or the directions for taking it ask your pharmacist for a detailed explanation.
- Choosing a Wisconsin Prescription Drug Lawyer
Our Prescription Drugs lawyers worry about your case so you don’t have to. All of our experienced Prescription Drugs Lawyers work on a contingency basis and don’t get paid unless you do!
Wisconsin has a strict statute of limitations for you to file your Prescription Drugs lawsuit. Time is of the essence when it comes to filing your Prescription Drugs lawsuit!
Choosing an experienced Wisconsin Prescription Drugs lawyer will be very important to your lawsuit and the amount of compensation of your settlement!
Recent Prescription Drugs Verdicts
- $1.75 Million Pharmacy Settlement: For the death of a 6 -month old girl who died after a pharmacy improperly filled wrong prescription for her heart medication.
- $1.25 Million Vioxx Settlement: For a plaintiff who suffered permanent damage to his heart as a result of his doctor’s negligence in prescribing a dangerous dosage of Vioxx.
- $1.4 Million Prescription Drug Settlement: Wrong Prescription Drug – $1,400,000.00
- $5 Million Wrong Medication Settlement: For plaintiff given the wrong seizure medication by a pharmacy resulting in serious injury to the plaintiff.
- $725,000 Prescription Overdose Settlement: for a woman, who was overdosed with prescription medicines over prescribed doctors, filled by pharmacy and approved by her HMO.
- $1.2 Million Prescription Medication Settlement: For a man was improperly administered medication causing brain damage.
- $8 Million Prescription Medication Settlement: Against hospital and OB/GYN involving a 20 year-old patient who developed pseudomembranous colitis caused by antibiotics prescribed by her doctor.
Prescription Drugs Statistics
- Prescription Drug deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities in U.S.
- There are 225,000 Prescription Drugs deaths each in the U. S. each year (National Institute of Health).
- Pharmacy errors and prescription errors accounts for as many as 98,000 deaths each year.
- One study reported that as many as 5% of prescriptions filled each year are incorrect.
- Preventable medication errors cause about 400,000 injuries each year in the U. S.
- Preventable medication error injuries cost about $3.5 billion per year in the U. S.
- Prescription drug deaths for the first half of 2010 (1,270) are greater than those for the first half of 2009.
- It is estimated that more than 30,000 Americans die each year from prescription drug abuse and overdoses.
- Two-Thirds of all doctors involved in 10 or more malpractice cases are never disciplined.
- More than 49% percent of hospitals have never filed 1 disciplinary action against one of their doctors.
- The Institute of Medicine reported in 2006 that the most common medical practice is prescription errors.
- The CDC reported that prescription drug deaths shot up 68 percent in a five year period.
- Statistics show that prescription drug deaths were the second leading cause of unintentional deaths in the United States in 2008.
- There were 11,000 deaths to 20,000 prescription drug deaths between 1999 and 2004.
- In 2010, statistics show that prescription drug deaths were the second leading cause of unintentional deaths in the United States.