Patient injuries due to an error made in the pharmacy are becoming more and more commonplace as technicians and pharmacists struggle to meet the needs of their clientele. It is safe to say that most staff members in a pharmacy setting work hard to deliver filled prescriptions that are error-free. However, mistakes and even negligence still occur, often resulting in injury or death.
There are many potential causes for a pharmacy error and patients should always seek out medical advice if or when a mistake occurs, particularly if they have already consumed any amount of the prescription. Sometimes a pharmacy technician may have been overworked, resulting in confusion. Other times, the technician has mistakenly filled a prescription with a medication of a similar name. Whatever the reason, you could become injured by such a mistake.
Some of the most common pharmacy errors include:
— A prescription is given to the wrong patient
— A pharmacist decides to substitute one medication with another without consulting the prescribing physician
— A pharmacist misreads or misinterprets a handwritten prescription
— A pharmacist puts the wrong dosage information on the label
— A pharmacist dispenses a medication that looks similar to the one prescribed
— Occasionally, a pharmacist or technician may be unfit or unqualified to fill prescriptions
Regardless of the reason, if patients become injured due to pharmacy negligence, there may be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. No one wants to take action against a once-trusted establishment; however, it is one of the best ways to ensure the company will not harm others. We invite you to read more about this type of medical malpractice on our personal injury law website. Our firm serves injured residents in and around Benton and Kennewick, Washington.