Monthly Archives: February 2017

PRESCRIPTION ERROR AT NEW JERSEY PHARMACY AFFECTS MEDS FOR 13 KIDS

We have previously written about the dangers of accidentally dispensing the wrong prescription medications to the wrong patients. Pharmacies are carefully designed and regulated in order to avoid making these crucial mistakes.

For this reason, it is especially troubling to hear about a pharmacy making a major prescription drug error. Investigators are currently trying to discover why one pharmacy in northern New Jersey mistakenly dispensed incorrect and potentially dangerous medication to the families of as many as 13 children.

Investigators say that a CVS pharmacy in Chatham experienced a mix-up wherein orders for fluoride tablets were dispensed with another medication included. The similar-looking medication is called Tamoxifen, and it is frequently used to help fight certain kinds of cancer.

The company originally worried that as many as 50 patients may have been given the wrong medication. A statement from the director of public relations for CVS revised and lowered that estimate. He said that an investigation by the company causes them to “believe 13 prescriptions for 0.5 mg fluoride pills were dispensed with a few Tamoxifen pills mixed in due to a single medication restocking issue at our pharmacy.”

Thankfully, there have not yet been any reports of injury or illness associated with the mix-up, and the CVS representative said the company has contacted most of the families who may have received incorrect medication.

But state agencies are not taking chances. The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office is conducting a thorough investigation and has ordered CVS to turn over relevant information and documents.

With increased record keeping and safeguards in place, it is somewhat rare to have a prescription error of this magnitude. But because these protections should be in place, an error this size is especially unacceptable.

Hopefully, any patients who suffer injury as a result of the mix-up will seek out and be awarded appropriate compensation.

Toyota Recall: Two Die in Fatal Car Accident

Toyota has had three recalls in the past three years that have affected millions of vehicles and consumers. These particular recalls surround defective gas pedals and accelerators that would sometimes cause cars to speed up on their own.
In the past ten years, there have been over 3,000 reported car accidents related to sudden acceleration in Toyotas. Recently, another car accident occurred that took the lives of two individuals, the driver and his son’s fiancĂ©e. They, along with two others, the driver’s wife and their son, were traveling in a 2008 Camry when they crashed into a wall.
Investigators are working with Toyota to determine whether a faulty accelerator was the cause of the crash. It is not certain at this point, but according to witnesses it appeared that the driver attempted to brake but could not. There was nothing that pointed to faulty brakes.
There is no concrete information at this point as to whether the driver had complied with the two initial recalls for his Camry. According to the report, he did however respond to the third recall and brought his car in to be repaired. If the investigation finds that his car was in fact repaired, this raises concerns about whether Toyota’s repairs are safe.
For the two survivors, they may have a claim against Toyota if the crash was caused by a defective accelerator. At this point, the article states only that the two suffered injuries from the crash; the extent of the injuries remains unknown and isn’t disclosed by their detroit personal injury lawyers.