Many New Jersey children take medication on a daily basis. Perhaps one of the most common reasons for this is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). After the child visits his or her pediatrician, a prescription is taken to the pharmacy and the appropriate medication is dispensed. However, if the incorrect medication or dosage is dispensed, the result can be devastating – even leading to the death of the individual taking it.
In one such instance, an 8-year-old boy was taking a medication designed for individuals with high blood pressure and ADHD. The prescribed amount required his parents to attempt to divide a tablet into thirds. After determining that this was an imprecise way to deliver the medication their son needed, they decided to have the medication made into a liquid compound. This would allow for a more precise dosage.
In some cases, when a mistake is made, one can say "I'm sorry" and move on with little to no harm done. However, in this case, the pharmacist realized a mistake had been made after the child had taken the medication. The medication dispensed was actually 1,000 times the prescribed dosage. The call to notify the parents was received after the child had been rushed to the emergency room. He later died as a result.
The wrongful death of a child is perhaps a parent's worst nightmare. When such a tragedy occurs in the course of attempting to help one's child, it can seem even more devastating. If a New Jersey family finds themselves in this situation, they are fully entitled to seek legal guidance to determine what legal options are available to them.
Source: insideedition.com, "After Pharmacist Gave Boy Wrong Dosage, Killing Him, Other Parents Claim Similar Experiences", Caitlin Nolan, July 12, 2016