There has been a lot of focus on the duty of care that physicians and surgeons, even nurses and nursing home staff owe to patients, but it is seldom that pharmacy errors becomes front page news. And yet large pharmacy chains have been implicated in many cases of the wrong pills being administered. In fact, it is estimated that more than 50 million pharmacy errors are made every year in the US, but many of them go unreported or undetected. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, one in 10 prescriptions are incorrectly filled.
Most people don’t check or don’t notice that the medications they receive are the right ones. Occasionally, an alert customer would notice that the pills are a different color or size but merely return it to the pharmacy rather than report it. Unfortunately, in some cases that do get reported is because the errors had serious or even fatal consequences.
Prescriptive pharmacy errors can too easily lead to significant problems. A too strong dose of a morphine-based drug, for example, can lead to cardiac arrest, while a too low dosage of cancer medication can hasten the progress of the disease. What is worse when the wrong medication is given, and the patient suffers an allergic or other adverse reaction.
The most common cause of negligent pharmacy errors is inattention. Many large pharmacies are obliged to fill a lot of prescriptions so that it is easy to make a mistake. But while this is understandable, it is not excusable. And what more, it makes the pharmacy liable for a personal injury lawsuit.
If you have been seriously harmed from a pharmacy error, you have recourse with the law. Consult with an experienced pharmacy error lawyer in your area for help in getting compensation for this type of negligence.Read More