If you have found yourself squinting at a prescription label, you are not alone. This is why so many people rely on their doctors for information about their medications. The arrangement works well until the doctor forgets to warn the patient about a dangerous drug-diet interaction. If you have been injured as a result of your doctor not informing you about a dangerous drug-diet interaction, it may be time to contact a Louisville medication error attorney to determine your legal rights.
Why You Didn’t See the Warning on the Prescription Label
Even if you pull out your magnifying glass to read the small print on the label, a new study says that, depending on your age, you still might overlook important information.
Researchers at Kansas State University recently tested the eye movement of participants to see if they would notice a warning label on a prescription vial. The study found that a majority of mature eyes (50 years or older) skipped over the words containing warning messages about drug-diet interactions. Even more surprising was the finding that 22 percent of the older participants never glanced at the area of the drug label where the warning appeared.
In contrast, there still may be hope for the younger generation. The study found that 90 percent of the participants between the ages of 20 and 29 did focus on the warning. According to researchers, “this difference was partially attributed to the age-specific dynamic of visual fixation of information between the age groups.”
The new data is being touted by supporters who are seeking better labeling standards, which the FDA has begun with drug labels for over-the-counter medicines. Meanwhile, patients -- particularly elderly patients -- should continue to consult their physician about harmful drug-diet interactions.
As the primary source of drug-diet interaction information, doctors must follow a high standard of care in ensuring that patients know about these warnings.
If Your Doctor Kept You in the Dark About a Drug-Diet Interaction…
A Kentucky physician owes the highest duty of care to his or her patients in warning them about the potential dangers of drug-diet interactions. If your doctor kept you in the dark about one of these interactions and you were harmed, a Louisville medication error attorney with Gray & White can shed some light on your legal rights in filing a medical malpractice claim. Call us today at 1-502-210-8942 or 1-888-450-4456 for a free, no-obligation consultation.