What Is Going On With Blood Pressure Medications?

What Is Going On With Blood Pressure Medications?

Today, we want to bring you a story that has been in the news day after day lately. It is one that crosses our usual practice area with product liability cases and we think you need to know about it.

Have you seen the stories about blood pressure medications and a possible link to cancer? What started as a small recall list has expanded. We know that over the last new months the US government has recalled many makes of the following:

  • Valsartan
  • Losartan
  • Irbesartan

If those sound familiar, it is because they are in millions of homes across the country. They are used to treat high blood pressure and many people cannot go without them.

Unfortunately, many of these drugs have been found to be tainted with trace amounts of a cancer-causing substance. The recalls are causing a shortage of many of these medications and pharmacies are doing what they can to ensure that patients get the medications they need.

At The Weitz Firm, LLC, we realize that this particular medication error is not the fault of doctors and pharmacists, but it is just one other way that patients have to be concerned about the medications they receive. If you need a Philadelphia medication error attorney, call us today.

What Happens?

In what can only be described as a quiet epidemic, more than 250,000 people are killed each year due to medical mistakes. They are the third leading cause of death in this country and many of those deaths are due to errors with patient medications. We know that studies show they cause more than 7,000 annual deaths and that they injure thousands more. They are often caused because of a patient:

  • Is given the wrong medication
  • Does not receive their medication at all
  • Is given the wrong dosage of their medication

In the healthcare setting and in pharmacies, there are multiple checks in place to ensure that the medication prescribed is actually the one given and that it is given at the correct dosage. Unfortunately, there are times when part of this system of checks breaks down, usually due to human error.

If a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or pharmacy technician makes a mistake that causes harm to a patient, they need to be held accountable for their actions.

Moving Forward Now

The last thing you want to be dealing with is a mistake being made with your medication, whether it is the fault of a medication company, your doctor, or a pharmacist. We need medications to help us. We certainly do not expect them to cause us harm. At The Weitz Firm, LLC, we want to help if you have been the victim of a medication error. When you contact us, we will investigate your case and work to secure the compensation you deserve. If you need a Philadelphia medication error attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240.



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