June 22, 2008

Doc Sued Over Sloppy Handwriting

A New York doctor's sloppy penmanship put a patient's health at risk when he was given the incorrect medication for several months, a lawsuit contends.

Jeffrey Deutchman, 55, of New York, allegedly received lithium carbonate, a medication typically used to treat manic depression, when he was supposed to get lanthanum carbonate for his kidney failure, court documents indicate.

Dr. Heino Anto of Peninsula Hospital Center is accused of illegibly writing Deutchman's prescription in March 2005, the New York Post reported Sunday.

The suit, lodged this month in Queens Supreme Court, says workers at Deutchman's pharmacy were unable to read Anto's handwriting.

They realized the prescription was illegible. The doctor rewrote it, and the issue is whether he rewrote it illegibly or they took it down wrong, Deutchman's attorney Rose Day said.

Deutchman allegedly took the wrong drug for as long as nine months, the Post said.