Pharmacy Malpractice, also known as pharmaceutical malpractice, refers to a lawsuit against a pharmacy, a pharmacist, hospital, or a healthcare provider handling drug distribution or administration. These lawsuits allege the defendants were negligent in their handling, prescribing or administration of medications. The errors that medical professionals make can range from administering the wrong medication, prescription errors, overdosing, wrong-filling of the prescriptions, among others. Pharmaceutical malpractice can generally be prevented by pharmacists, nurses, doctors, and pharmacy technicians following the appropriate safety guidelines.
What do I do if my pharmacy, doctor, or hospital made an error with my medication?
The consequences of being given the wrong prescription can range from mild to severe, and in some cases can even be fatal. If you suspect a medication error was made, the first step you should make is to contact the pharmacy and let them know of the mistake, as well as contact your doctor, so as to minimize any healthcare risks. Next, gather any and all evidence to support your claim that your prescription was incorrect. That includes the names of individuals involved, copies of the prescription, bottles that the drug came in, etc. After that, you should contact an experienced pharmacy malpractice attorney and provide them with the details regarding your claim.
Should I contact an attorney about pharmacy malpractice?
Yes, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss whether you have a case, and whether it is worthwhile for you to pursue it. Doctors and nurses have a duty to take proper steps to ensure the proper medications are prescribed, and pharmacists have a legal duty to dispense the correct medication to patients. If the pharmacist gives you the wrong medicine, or the wrong dosage, it is important that you take action in order to prevent the mistakes that occurred in your case from happening to others.
Research has indicated that up to 10% of prescriptions are filled in error. This is often due to underpaid, undertrained, or overworked doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. Studies have shown that pharmacists sometimes fail to administer the correct medication and/or dosage, particularly at large and busy pharmacies.
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