Prescription Drug Use in the U.S.

Overmedication is a big issue in long-term care facilities, especially nursing homes. I was sent the following infographic on the state of prescription drug use in the U.S. by Emily Parker of Healthcare Management Degree Guide. The graphic showcases some interesting data pertaining to antibiotics, psychiatric drugs, stimulants and painkillers. While this information doesn’t focus specifically on the nursing home population, it does highlight a trend of increasing prescription drug use throughout the country. Be sure to check the blog over the next couple of weeks for a follow-up post on overmedication in nursing homes.Over-Prescribed America
Source: Healthcare-Management-Degree.net/

Doolan Platt & Setareh, LLP Obtain $1.5 Million Dollar Verdict in Overmedication Case

Last Thursday, a jury in Clinton County, New York awarded $1.5 million dollars to the estate of one of our clients, John Solari, who died on August 1, 2011 after being given another patient’s medication. At the time, Mr. Solari was a patient at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH), in Plattsburgh, New York.

On July 29, 2011, a nurse at CVPH, who was filling in for a co-worker who was out sick, gave Mr. Solari controlled-release morphine in his applesauce. This medication was supposed to be given to another patient, but the nurse misidentified Mr. Solari, and gave it to him instead. Mr. Solari died three days later.

My associate Benjamin Decker, Esq. and I brought this case to trial on behalf of Mr. Solari’s daughter, who told the Press Republican, “The issue for me was accountability…Nobody would admit accountability  for my father’s death.” At Doolan Platt & Setareh, we strongly believe in holding those who commit negligence and abuse accountable. As I told Felicia Krieg, the Press Republican reporter, I hope this verdict brings about change.