As the use of pharmaceutical products to treat a variety of illnesses and conditions has expanded, so, too, has the number of individuals who suffer from drug allergies. These allergies may be moderate, simply causing nausea or fatigue, or they may be deadly. It is important that a health professional recognize the signs of a drug allergy and a patient’s particular risk for an allergic reaction to a drug being considered for a course of treatment.
Unfortunately, exposure to drug allergens can occur due to the negligence of a healthcare professional, pharmaceutical company, or pharmacist. If you have suffered adverse health effects caused by a drug allergy, you may be entitled to pursue legal action. Contact the Des Moines medical malpractice attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at (515) 705-0233 to learn more about your legal rights.
Drug Allergies and Medical Malpractice
While any drug might contain potential allergens, patients tend to be allergic to the following categories of medications with the greatest frequency:
- Antibiotics – Penicillin, sulfa drugs, tetracycline
- Analgesics – Codeine, NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
- Antiseizure – Phenytoin, carbamazepine
There are many other specific drug allergies present in certain individuals. Drug intolerance is also extremely common. If a physician is negligent in their duties and prescribes or administers drugs to which the patient is known to be allergic, they may be held responsible for resulting complications.
If you or your loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, compensation may be available for your financial and emotional pain and suffering. The Des Moines medical malpractice attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., are passionately committed to helping their clients to fight for the compensation they deserve. Contact us today at (515) 705-0233.