Sometimes, medical malpractice results in wrongful death, and sometimes the malpractice is a medication error. In a recent legal case, one patient in a SW Virginia assisted living facility died as a result of being given medication for another patient.
Since he was in his late teens, a man had been in various assisted living facilities due to a history of substance abuse and mental illness. At the time of his death at age 62, he had been a patient in one Southwest Virginia facility for the last 20 years.
On one evening, when the patients were gathered for the administration of their medications by the medical technician. The technician gave this man (the Plaintiff) medications that were prescribed for another patient. One of these drugs was clozapine, a drug used to treat schizophrenia that was not treated effectively with other drugs. This drug also was used to reduce the risk of suicide in these patients. [Read more…]