Pharmacy Practice News Reports On a Case Trent Successfully Tried Where a Prescription Error Resulted In Death

A Georgia jury returned a verdict of $500,000 against a Doctor who caused a terminal cancer patient’s premature death. The doctor gave confusing and improper directions on how to take the chemotherapy medication and wrote the prescription for more pills than were needed, resulting in an overdose.

The Pharmacist and Pharmacy in the case reached a confidential settlement with the patient’s survivors before it went to trial.

Trent Is Interviewed About Pharmacies’ Failures To Protect Patients

“Until the medical community decides to self-regulate to avoid these easily preventable prescription errors that they have long been aware of, patients must take precautions in order to not fall prey to sloppy prescription writing and filling practices that may cause serious injury or prove fatal,” said Trent Speckhals, the lead attorney who tried the case in Atlanta. “Unfortunately, some doctors and pharmacies do not do all that they should to ensure that prescriptions are accurate. We all must therefore take action to protect ourselves and our families from dangerous drug errors.”

Trent Was Part of the Trial Team That Successfully Challenged and Had Georgia’s Cap On Damages Held Unconstitutional

A Georgia Judge ruled that Georgia’s medical malpractice cap on non-economic damages was unconstitutional.  As Trent Speckhals, who was one of the lead attorneys handling the case explained, “Judge Arrington’s decision addressed several aspects of caps on damages that could not pass Constitutional muster.  His ruling addresses this state’s—and this nation’s—fundamental value of a citizen’s right to trial by jury. His commonsense ruling balances the rights of all Georgians, young and old, rich and poor, and restores the guarantees set forth in our Constitution.”