Many drug injuries can be avoided by a number of factors, some not controllable by the consumer. But one way they can be reduced is by thorough patient counseling. Doctors have the job of fully informing their patients of possible health risks they face by taking their prescription drugs. In fact, the Board of Pharmacy requires doctors and pharmacists to adhere to the law regarding patient counseling. If the law is violated, they could be cited by the board for failure to offer counsel. With the rise in prescriptions over the last few years, there has also been a rise in prescription errors.
Patient counseling can often be neglected due to time and money crunches, but it shouldn't be. If doctors and pharmacists took the time to adequately inform their patients of the possible health risks they face from their prescription drugs, there would not be as many drug injury victims as there are today. There are some cases in which doctors do not know some possible risks of prescription drugs because drug manufacturing companies choose to hide this information. This practice of refusing to disclose necessary medical information is illegal and companies can be prosecuted for it. When it comes to doctors and pharmacists however, they need to thoroughly discuss everything from dosage to proper storage and everything in between with their patients.
If you are taking a prescription drug and have not been properly counseled as to the side effects, duration, and directions regarding your drug, then you should contact a medical professional immediately to discuss this in further detail. If you have been injured by a dangerous drug, then seek the legal help of a
pharmaceutical injury attorney from Arnold & Itkin today. Our high-quality legal expertise gets our clients compensated time after time, so if you believe you have a viable claim,
contact a dangerous drug attorney at our firm.