Indiana residents are injured and killed every year as a result of prescription medication errors. Indiana's experience is mirrored on a national level. A 2006 report from the National Academy of Science's Institute fo Medicine estimated that 1.5 million people every year are harmed by medication errors in the United States. The issue received national attention in late 2007 when actor Dennis Quaid's newborn twins received accidental overdoses of a blood-thinning drug.
Patients pursuing medical malpractice claims in Indiana and elsewhere face long odds of winning at trial. According to the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics, patients won only 22.7% of all medical malpractice cases tried in the United States in 2005. In contrast, plaintiffs won 56% of all general civil litigation trials in the same period. (This would include claims from automobile accidents, animal attacks, premises claims, etc.)