What To Do If Hospital Staff Is Stealing Your Medication
Hospitals have no shortage of prescription medication. However, each medication is reserved for patients who have had it prescribed by their physician. So what should patients do when a hospital staff member is stealing their prescribed medication?
This was a question faced by over a dozen patients and their families in a Pittsburgh hospital. Over a four-month time period, a pharmacy technician stole Oxycodone, a powerful painkiller, and replaced the stolen pills with drugs not intended to manage pain.
Sixteen patients suffering from late state cancer, amputations, and post surgical pain were prescribed Oxycodone, but instead received anti-nausea pills or thyroid medication replaced by the pharmacy technician. Although the patients repeatedly complained of pain, hospital staff did nothing to further alleviate pain or investigate why the Oxycodone wasn’t working.
Know Your Rights As A Patient
Because of the types and quantity of medication housed in hospitals, there is a real threat of theft of medication. While there are protocols in place to help prevent this, the reality is that it does happen. Hospitals are responsible for their staff and when a staff member does something that injures a patient, they can be held responsible.
Patients have a right to a certain standard of medical care and they have a right to have their voices heard by their doctors. If you feel like your medication isn’t helping your condition, don’t be afraid to speak up, ask questions, or seek a second opinion from another physician.
Furthermore, when a staff member steals prescription medications, it isn’t just wrong, it’s illegal. The staff member can face criminal charges for the theft and the hospital that employed them can also be held liable. Cases such as these can be very complicated, but with the help of a Pennsylvania hospital negligence lawyer, victims can seek compensation.
Hospital Negligence Lawyers
If you or someone you know has suffered an injury or death as the result of a prescription medication error, contact the hospital negligence lawyers at Lopez McHugh LLP immediately to discuss your options at no charge. We can help you understand your legal options and get justice for your injuries.