My Dad and the Wrong Drug

Bad news for me and my family. My dad’s been out of commission lately, and now it looks like we’re going to have to sue somebody.

I’m sort of running through this too quickly, so I’ll try and slow down a bit.

My dad’s been feeling unwell lately. He’s been getting tired very quickly. He’s drowsy often. And he says he’s had some recurring nausea. We went to his doctor, and the doctor gave him a prescription. So far, all fine. The doctor said it wasn’t anything to worry about, but these pills should help.

We went to the pharmacist, and I want to say now, it wasn’t like at a very late hour and it wasn’t crazy busy so there’s no excuse for what happened. There were maybe two people ahead of us. We waited, got our pills. The instructions were three times a day. My dad must have sensed something was wrong because he double checked the name on the label with the name of the drug the doctor gave him. But everything matched up, so we took them and went home.

Nothing changed for a couple days. I mean, nothing. He was still drowsy, sleeping late, refusing to eat. We called the doctor, and the doctor was a bit puzzled as well. He said it should have taken effect faster, but we should go ahead and wait a couple more days. If nothing improved by then, he’d switch to a different drug.

It was that evening that my dad had a seizure. Absolutely terrifying. I’ve never seen one and I didn’t really know what to do. Thankfully, he’s alright. We went to the emergency room and spent a very scary and stressful night there. It was there that they figured out my dad was taking the wrong medication.

Now, we’re looking at lawsuits. There’s an ongoing investigation into what happened. We think the pharmacist simply put the wrong drug in the bottle, but the pharmacist claims the bottle was packaged wrong by the supplier.

All that means we don’t know who to go after until it gets cleared up if it can be cleared up. There was some kind of product liability issue, but I’m not confident it’ll ever get sorted out. It seems to me the safest thing for the pharmacist and the drug company to do would be to blame each other so no one can definitively be held responsible.

I want to just drop it, but my mom is determined. She’s calling the local newspapers and TV stations. She wants to make someone pay for this scare.

I just want my dad to get better. Hopefully, now we have a new prescription, he’ll start getting back to being his old self and we can get back to being the old happy family we’ve always been.

I don’t think I need to say that we insisted the doctor prescribe a different drug, and we picked it up at a new pharmacist. This one seems to be working far better.


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