Nephrotoxic Medications Prescribed for Patient with One Kidney; Kidney Failure, Undisclosed Settlement

December 22, 2021 | Strategic Insights for Health System


A healthcare provider prescribed three nephrotoxic medications for a patient who had one kidney, and the patient subsequently experienced acute kidney injury and kidney failure. In a lawsuit the patient brought in federal court in Washington State, the parties have settled for an undisclosed amount, according to an article in the August 2021 issue of Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts.

The 67-year-old patient was under the provider's care for 11 months. When the patient began seeing the provider, he had one kidney but no known history of kidney insufficiency. The provider prescribed two nephrotoxic medications. Subsequent laboratory tests showed an abnormal creatinine level and an abnormal glomerular filtration rate, suggesting problems with kidney function. The medications were continued. Three months later, after the provider prescribed a third nephrotoxic medication,...

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