Mar 26, 2019 | Updated: 10:14 AM EDT

Mislabeled Medicine: Increased Of Destructive Cases

Oct 01, 2015 03:55 AM EDT

Mislabeled Medicines
A nurse holds a glass containing labeled medicines

Mislabeling a prescription involves misidentifying the drug in the container, printing the improper use of instructions on a drug label or including insufficient or invalid warnings surrounding the use of the drug. Although incorrect dosages may be at times a man-made error, its potential to cause harm could be a lot dangerous than most know. 

The need of giving medicine bottles, vials and containers the right labels have always been a necessary factor for medical practitioners before they can even be prescribed to the public. These medical products should always indicate the proper dosage and contents to avoid any misleading benefit that could harm the patients or worst might even cause their death. 

For the past years, there has been an increased number of destructive cases in effect with the misconduct of improper dosage of medicine. These ranges from physical injuries and even to numerous deaths.

A known case regarding improper dosages of medicine involves Teva Pharmaceuticals, which was allegedly involved in the deaths of six patients who took their medication in mid-June of 2013. However, the French National Medicine Security Agency found no evidence of any mishandling or negligence at the Teva plant where the drug was packaged.

A spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor's office told the Bloomberg news agency that six patients have died after taking the medicine labelled with furosemide. This is used to treat cardiac insufficiency, but actually contained the sedative zopicione.

Afterwards, the French newspaper Quest France reported that counterfeit packages of the drug from India were seized at a warehouse in Quimber - located in Brittany. Additional counterfeit packages were confiscated elsewhere in France after arriving in the country via Charles de Gaulle airport in France. 

Just this month of September, a doctor offered a woman US$50 after burning 80 per cent of her vagina during the procedure. The woman alleges the Wellington's Specialist Centre for not using the necessary acetic acid and use a concentrated mixture of acid instead.

Unfortunately, there's a previous report where another woman endured the same vaginal burns in the same facility. Newton Mall Pharmacy whose makers of the said acidic product apologized when it realized that it mislabelled the mixtures.

Any mislabeling of medications severely damages the patient's health. With this, the victim or surviving family members have the legal right to seek financial compensation and bring a medical malpractice case to any medical professionals and drug producers.

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