Have you been a victim of an error made by a pharmacist? The consequences may not only be costly but also life threatening. Some would suggest you could avoid such mistakes if you frequent only one pharmacy and build a relationship with the pharmacist who will become familiar with your needs and ailments. Although electronic prescriptions are becoming the norm, errors may continue to occur in Massachusetts and elsewhere.
If you've needed surgery lately, you may have spent weeks or months researching all available surgeons in the area before choosing a doctor and undergoing surgery. Like most patients, you probably had high hopes that your doctors would do everything possible to perform a successful surgery.
One of the great advances of modern medicine is the ability to access personalized medications, formulated and packaged specifically for you an your needs. The possibilities inherent in this type of individualized treatment can be life-giving for thousands of patients worldwide who have very specific needs and weaknesses.
A woman has been taking a common arthritis medication for a few months when she develops a persistent cough that grows worse with time. At first she thinks it's just a cold, then maybe allergies. She consults her doctor, but by then it has progressed. It turned out to be a deadly fungal infection called histoplasmosis that her arthritis medication allowed to grow. Who is at fault? An otherwise-healthy man taking a common diabetes medication dies from a sudden heart attack. Who is responsible? An active young woman taking a popular birth control pill suddenly collapses from life-threatening blood clots in her lungs. Who is to blame?