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Recovering after a Texas Pharmacy Error

Texas patients have to put a great deal of trust in their health care providers. This includes pharmacists, who are responsible for safely and correctly filling and dispensing medications. Texas pharmacy errors can be devastating for victims and their families.

According to a local news source, an Austin woman suffered a terrible injury after receiving a shot from a compounding pharmacy. The woman has a genetic disorder that causes her seizures, which she was able to control several years ago when doctors prescribed her a specific shot. Compounding pharmacies tailor medicine for their patients in cases where those people cannot take a standard drug as manufactured. The woman took her prescription to a compounding pharmacy, and was given the medication in the form of a specific B-12 shot. She received over 250 rounds of the medicine without incident.

Recently, the woman received her tailored shot, and felt a burning sensation. She then developed a headache, dizziness, and disorientation. She looked in a mirror and at that point saw that the shot had burned her skin “and was going deeper.” She went to the emergency room, but because she also had Stage 3 breast cancer she was unable to receive anesthesia because of potential contamination—so, she was forced to do the procedure to scrape out the burn completely awake. A dermatologist said that it was a chemical burn, and lab results showed that the B-12 had a pH level of 13.2, similar to that of bleach. She continued to undergo treatment for the burn to scrape out the wound. The patient, a mom of three, said the pain was extreme, and continued to experience pain at home.

The pharmacy where the woman received the shot also had reportedly had a recent pharmacy error in which another patient had received 54,000% higher than her prescribed dosage. Sine the error, the woman filed complaints with the Food and Drug Administration and the State Board of Pharmacy. She also filed a lawsuit against the pharmacy for negligence. She said she wanted to protect others from the same fate.

A pharmacists error an be the basis for a Texas personal injury lawsuit. In Texas, negligence claims require the plaintiff show that the defendant acted or failed to act in a way that an ordinarily prudent person would have acted under the same or similar circumstances. In order to prove a negligence claim, a plaintiff must show: that the defendant owed the plaintiff a legal duty; that the defendant breached that duty; and that the breach proximately caused the plaintiff damages.

Contact a San Antonio Injury Lawyer

If you have been injured and believe someone else may be to blame, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. It is important that you speak with an experienced injury attorney about your claim as soon as possible. The attorneys at Carabin Shaw are experienced in personal injury cases and are prepared to aggressively represent injury victims across Texas. Our skilled Texas medical malpractice attorneys have been fighting for accident victims’ rights for over 25 years. Our attorneys are prepared to take your case all the way to trial and beyond if you have not received just compensation for your injury. For a free consultation call us at 1-800-862-1260.

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