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What questions should you ask your pharmacist?

Your doctor has prescribed you a medication to help ease the symptoms you are experiencing. Now, it is time for you to visit your local pharmacy in Connecticut and pick up your prescription. What you may not know, is that your pharmacist can provide valuable medical information regarding your prescription, its use, its potential side effects and what to avoid while taking it. When you ask your pharmacist the right questions, you can be confident that you are using your medication the correct way and you can be aware of what side effects to watch for that require immediate medical attention. 

Working through grief after a wrongful death

The death of a close friend or loved one is one of the hardest things to deal with, no matter who you are or who you have lost. When that death occurs through negligence or an avoidable accident, it can be even harder to take because you may be adding anger, confusion and shock to the grief you feel. The legal team at Wocl Leydon respects your feelings. We work compassionately with many survivors who need legal help, whether that entails medical malpractice, medication errors or wrongful death.

How Can I Reduce My Risk of Medication Errors?

Many in people in Connecticut and all over the country take medications on a daily basis. Errors related to medication can occur on every level, from the original prescription to the methods for dispensing drugs. Because medication errors can be dangerous in many cases, the Mayo Clinic offers the following tips.

Claire's makeup said to contain asbestos

Little girls often love to play dress-up and put on makeup. To encourage creative play, you may have bought your daughter makeup kits, costume jewelry and princess dresses. Understandably, you also might not have given a second thought about the safety of these products, since children's items in Connecticut and elsewhere should be safe for those the manufacturer intends them for. However, what would happen if you found out the eye shadow you bought for your little girl had harmful ingredients in it?
This was the case for a mother recently, who had sent some of her daughter's makeup from Claire's to a laboratory to test its ingredients. She learned that the cosmetics contained asbestos. Soon after, testing of additional products from stores across numerous states also reportedly came back positive for asbestos, prompting Claire's to pull nine products from shelves nationwide. 

Pharmacy staff involvement can cut medication errors

Going to the hospital is rarely a pleasant experience for people in Connecticut and around the United States; people usually only go to the emergency room when they are seriously and suddenly sick or injured. An additional concern that some people may have in the hospital is the possibility of a medication error. Powerful medications can have serious side effects, especially when incorrectly administered. In addition, patients may fail to receive the drugs they actually need if they are prescribed an incorrect medication.

Anticoagulants, opioids, and medication-related injuries

Some drugs that are very widely prescribed to Connecticut patients are also some of those most frequently raised in medication-related liability claims. Two classes of drugs had higher levels of claims associated with them in particular: opioid painkillers and anticoagulants, used to prevent dangerous blood clots.

Medication errors rising in the United States

Americans call poison control services once every 21 seconds because of medication errors. That was one of the findings of a study conducted by two groups at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio. Researchers looked at calls related to medication errors, some of which took place in Connecticut, over a period of 13 years that resulted in significant medical outcomes.

Anticoagulant use a risk for nursing home residents

For Connecticut families who cannot provide the care their elderly loved ones need, putting them in a nursing home may be one of the few options available. Although nursing home facilities are supposed to be able to provide proper medical care to their residents, reports suggest that many are not properly administering anticoagulants or monitoring patients after giving them such a drug.

Medication errors often caused by technology

Technology usage in the medical industry has dramatically increased in the last decade. Most hospitals in Connecticut make use of computerized systems to manage patient treatment information. This includes medication dosage and instructions. While the technology is designed to reduce human error and increase patient safety, it has the potential to breed new types of errors and concerns for patients.

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