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Houston man claims pharmacist caused his blindness

| Jun 27, 2014 | Failure to Diagnose

Most Houston residents will have a prescription to fill in their lives. Most prescriptions are dispensed correctly and the medicine is used to help people recover from their ailments. When there is a failure to follow acceptable standards and a pharmacist dispenses the wrong medication, a patient could suffer greatly.

A Houston man claims that a pharmacist at CVS gave him the wrong prescription. He was recently diagnosed with pink eye or conjunctivitis, which is a common eye ailment. He was given a prescription for an eye drop and he proceeded to fill it at CVS.

When he placed a drop in his eye, he told his caregiver that it hurt. He immediately went to the emergency room and is now blind in his left eye. It turns out that the drops the pharmacist gave him were actually ear drops used for bacterial infections. Documentation for the drug clearly states that it should not be used in the eyes. The man has filed a lawsuit against CVS pharmacy for their mistake.

Even routine infections, such as pink eye, if not treated properly can lead to a worsened condition. If a medical condition has worsened because of a negligent medical professional, filing a medical malpractice suit could help a patient and his family recover the damages and losses they endured by a negligent healthcare worker. Compensation awarded could be used for medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering and other damages associated with the incident.

When medical professionals make mistakes patients could suffer tremendously. Sometimes these mistakes cause big issues, such as blindness. Holding these medical professionals responsible for the negligence is important in making sure they don’t harm anyone else. In these situations, patients and their loved ones should become informed about their situation and options. This will ensure their best interests are considered and their rights protected.

Source: WFAA.com, “Houston man claims CVS mistake cost him his sight,” Kevin Reece, June 20, 2014

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