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A middle-aged woman was taken to hospital after suffering vertigo and disorientation after taking mefloquine for malaria prophylaxis. A week after commencing the malaria medication, she started suffering from heart palpitations, dizziness and chest discomfort. It was discovered that a medication error had occurred with the woman receiving treatment for active malaria instead of for prophylaxis. 7 months after the incident, the woman also began suffering from blurry vision and focusing difficulty and continued to suffer from memory loss, headaches, confusion and insomnia. The woman sued over the medication error but doctors claim that not all of her symptoms could have been due to the medication error but she was nevertheless awarded $202,871.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Medical Malpractice Verdict Set. Exp.2005;21(6):22
About: Medication error involving malaria medication results in over 202,000 being awarded
Date: September 2005
Source: Medical Malpractice Verdict Set. Exp.2005;21(6):22
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