A Gwynn Oak family was awarded $10 million last week after a jury in Baltimore, MD found the University of Maryland Medical System to be responsible for giving their relative a drug that ultimately led to his death.
The Baltimore jury found that the medical system had given Dennis Allen the drug Kayexalate, which is used to treat people who have too much potassium in their body by pulling potassium from the blood of the patient into the colon itself, where it is removed from the body by a bowel movement. The drug severely damaged his colon, culminating in his death.
The University of Maryland Medical System stated that it plans to appeal the case and that it is extremely disappointed by the verdict, saying in a statement that “The jury inaccurately concluded that Mr. Allen died due to the administration of one dose of Kayexalate — the standard of care given to tens of millions of patients for the condition from which Mr. Allen suffered.”.
The family of Dennis Allen is arguing that the University of Medical Center doctor who wrote Allen’s prescription for Kayexalate was not aware of the fact that one of the drugs complications is possibly harming the colon. The family also argues that dialysis would have been the safer option to bring down his potassium levels.
Dennis Allen developed high potassium levels after being admitted to the University of Maryland Medical Center for treatment of kidney problems in March of 2013 and he was given Kaexalate and the family filed suit last year.
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