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Medication Errors in Miami, Florida

A medication error lawsuit captioned Sorenson v. Professional Compounding Pharmacists was brought in Florida by an Ohio resident who was suffering from back pain while he was vacationing in Florida. His physician had prescribed hydromorphone to treat his back pain before he left for his trip to Florida. The patient was still suffering from pain and decided to go to a pain management clinic in Florida to obtain relief from his symptoms. The Clinic issued a prescription that increased the patient’s medication from 10 mg/mL to 30 mg/mL. The pain management clinic administered the medication to the patient through his pain pump. The patient died the same day.

The patient’s family filed a wrongful death suit against the pain management clinic, his healthcare providers, and the pharmacist that dispensed the medicine.

The family’s amended complaint alleged that the pharmacist was negligent in preparing and dispensing a medication that was unreasonable on its face due to the strength of the dosage. The Court found that a pharmacist in Florida has a duty to: (1) prepare the drug that is prescribed, (2) use proper care in filling the prescription, (3) use proper methods in preparing the medication, and (4) ensure that the medication does not contain adulterating foreign substances.

A pharmacist has a duty to use proper care in filling prescriptions. The failure to do so will result in a malpractice lawsuit.

To speak with a medication error attorney in Miami, Florida, contact Matthew Lane & Associates, P.A. at 305-330-1225.