Prescription Error Leads to Triple Dose; Stroke and Death Prompt $1M Award

August 5, 2019 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care


​What's the news. A cardiologist and pharmacy in Louisiana were held liable for $1 million in damages to the estate of a patient who died after taking a prescribed drug that allegedly caused him to have a stroke. The 82-year-old patient was discharged from a hospital after being treated for a heart condition. A cardiologist prescribed an anti-arrhythmic drug (amiodarone) for a 1,200 mg dose that was intended to be written as a dose of 400 mg taken three times a day. The pharmacist who filled the prescription did not catch the error but wrote in the instructions that the drug should be taken once daily.

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