We’re fortunate to live with diverse medical innovations and the efficient means to access them compared to other places in the world. Present there is a business practice that posses some extraordinary risks to patients around the country concerning medications. No, this is not the case of the pain pill depots clinics in Florida the DEA is shutting down as some licensed doctors are shelling out thousands of highly narcotic prescriptions for profit. It’s similar but well beyond the accidental scare mistaken prescription identification experienced by Dennis Quaid on his newborn twins. This involves the business side of pharmaceutical drugs samples that are dispensed out like candy without safeguards in some Doctors’ offices, Medical clinics and even hospitals everyday.
The pharmaceutical companies sends sales representatives to various medical facilities armed with marketing promotions for their newest drugs. Mostly, reps updated information on the newest class of drugs to encourage doctors to endorse use. Seen one office visit as three pharmaceutical reps waiting with patients, they all chatted away and overhear the discussions as they joked the experience in using free samples they had easy access the happy blue pill. Over heard nurses accessing these samples by changing the sheet number distributed to a patients. There are flaws controlling these blister sample packs of prescription drugs beyond including illegal distribution but distribution to patients as well. It’s still going on today mind you as your encouraged to ask you doctor about a sample today of that new drug on commercials.
Imagine getting a sample, along with that prescription and your busy schedule forget to fill that prescription. Thinking I’ll pick-it up tomorrow use the prescription sample but given the wrong sample unaware as doctors’ handwriting illegible and it could look to be the name on the blister pack. The prescribed directions take before bed in the middle of the night I jumped out of bed falling to the floor shaking and could not get up for a while. Experiencing pain in the lower extremities and when I was able to get off the floor I was exhausted and drowsy only to return back to bed. I woke up thinking I had dreamed it until I saw the bruises and felt sick that I stayed home since having a later scheduled appointment with another physician. The next physician had an onsite pharmacy and filled while waiting to see the physician in the exam room. The nurse brought my filled prescription as the doctor noticed my bruises and I discussed the episode I had then noticed the pills different from the sample. I stated this to the physician and pulled on sample pack out of my purse.
The physician immediately took both to convey if the right prescription was given returning shortly only told stop taking the samples. It require an unexpected blood tests assuming to ensure hospital visit unnecessary, as it was most likely a serious reaction. I questioned this both physicians spare no details other than my blood work looks normal. I should have gone to another doctor as the nurse who drew blood whispered to me out sight of the doctor we just need to check if there is nothing wrong with your heart there may be imbalance in potassium and calcium. Unfortunately, too physically displaced to ensure my welfare a relative accepted the physician’s down play would not consider an ER visit on my concern was permanent damage done?
I went home to recover looked up the mistaken medication “Altace” after feeling up to it weeks later. The wrong medication given well I’m guessing might have caused seizures as this was stated in possible known severe reaction. There is also a warning about renal stenosis or potential for acute kidney failure as I was on other medication for kidney problems htc and prednisone what was prescribe “Atcande”. Here is the scary part what if I had needed the hospital? Here is the other issue it happened while asleep what if I had stopped breathing? The sample was not registered on any medical record for use if I did go to the hospital the doctors there would not know. Known is I have kidney disease and assumptions on that not actions against a medical mistake. If any medical facility or pharmaceutical companies if perchance read this please note that a major legality was barely missed if died as I live in a state that requires a determination of death from excellent federal accredited forensic coroners not available in every state. Sometimes these events don’t ever come to light till some one does die as it is known legal counsel and public relations sometimes work on retainers for such an incident with well structured compensation packages or the means to silence issues.
I don’t like it, these errors must come to light forcing corrections to prevent more problem. What I do know those free sample blister packs sometimes find there way on illegal on-line sales. Those samples serve a vital purpose for patients that don’t have insurance or can’t afford that expensive much needed life saving drug, I would hate seen taken away. It is a shame that a patient must request an industry to be better to protect both our interests but rather silence a problem without addressing the issue. My biggest mistake blind trust the health care professionals make only the best decisions. The health industry is no different as people can make bad choices that can harm us here or anywhere. Grateful for the opportunity to still be here addressing this mistake and maybe prevent a serious issues for others. This situation taught certain medications or treatments require more insight on our own part unfortunately and sometimes health professionals’ cover-up mistakes creating more trouble to health care industry. Trust is grand I discovered in battling illness but control is better one should not have to fight for this too!