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Pharmacy error causes woman to become comatose and suffer memory loss

A woman from Cook County, Chicago, filed a lawsuit against Walgreens, alleging that a pharmacist gave his recommendation that she take two incompatible drugs, which caused her to lapse into a coma, and experience memory loss. According to the Cook County Record, Madiline Hicks filed a lawsuit in Cook County Court. The lawsuit alleges personal …

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Confusion over drug names leads to medication errors

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), some physicians and pharmacists are experiencing some confusion over the similarity of the names of an antidepressant and a blood-thinning medication. Although the FDA claims it is unaware of anyone who consumed the wrong medication, the agency said it received 50 reports of medication errors, including instances …

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The occurrence of pharmacy errors after hospital discharge

As reported in the Chicago Tribune, two weeks after a patient named Joyce Oyler was discharged from the hospital, she had sores in her mouth and throat, and blood was flowing from her nose and bowels. Her daughter attributed her mother’s condition to a medication error. One drug that her mother was prescribed was missing. …

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Medication mistakes in nursing homes can cause patients to be hospitalized

According to knowledge acquired by NBC 5 Investigates through a search of public records, medication errors committed in Illinois nursing homes are causing patients to be hospitalized for such conditions as critically low blood sugar, visual hallucinations and difficult breathing. Since 2011, state health inspectors confirmed that there were 384 medication errors committed in nursing …

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6.5 million dollar settlement in lawsuit over aortic tear

The wife of a patient who was treated at Northwest Community Hospital alleged that the hospital and many of its doctors committed medical malpractice when they failed to identify the signs and symptoms of her husband’s aortic dissection. She claimed that as a result of their negligence, his condition became worse, and he subsequently died. …

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Heart surgeon sued for testing medical device on patient

A woman filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against her cardiac surgeon for implanting an unauthorized experimental device in her body. Maureen Obermeier sued Dr. Patrick McCarthy and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he is the head of cardiac surgery. Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation was also named a defendant in the suit. McCarthy invented the Myxo Ring, …

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Hospital computer systems fall short in preventing drug errors

Medication errors at hospitals are the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Journal of Patient Safety. In order to address the problem and enhance patient safety, many hospitals have implemented computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems for ordering medication. According to a report from hospital rating organization The Leapfrog, …

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Mother files negligence lawsuit against doctors for son’s birth injury

A mother has filed a lawsuit against a number of physicians at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, where her son was born in 2003. She alleges that they were negligent in failing to exercise reasonable care in rendering medical treatment, and that such negligence caused her son to develop an eye injury. Li Jun Huang filed a …

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