New drugs are rapidly being developed and marketed, and more prescriptions are being written than ever before. The population as a whole is aging, and elderly patients account for about one-third of all drugs consumed. The practice of pharmacy itself has radically changed over the last decade. Whereas most pharmacies used to be part of family owed drug stores, they are now frequently owned and operated by national corporations and supermarket chains to allow the consumer to pick up his or her medicine at the same time as groceries and other supplies. The convenience of these superstores can be overshadowed by reckless mistakes made when pharmacists are required to fill a high number of prescriptions. Pharmacy experts conclude that a large part of the problem is a shortage of pharmacists.
A patient is injured by a physician's conduct. In making a claim for recovery of damages against the physician, is the proper action based in negligence or in the intentional tort of assault and battery?
With advances in medical technology and health care in general, more people are living longer and longer. In fact, Americans over the age of 85 is the fast growing segment of the country's population. As the aging population increases, so does the number of people receiving long-term care in nursing homes.