Medication Mistakes Have Severe Consequences

on March 18, 2014 by George Panagiotopoulos

SFTH 05When you think of medical malpractice, you probably think about a surgeon making an error. However, medication mistakes can also cause severe harm. Pharmacy errors occur more than you might realize. It has been estimated that one in every 100 prescriptions may involve a dangerous pharmaceutical mistake that could cause serious health issues and even death.

A pharmacy error may include providing the wrong dosage, delivering the wrong medicine, or giving a medicine that the patient has an allergy to. How does this type of mistake occur? There are several causes, including:

  • Insufficient pharmacy staff to meet workload demands
  • Failure to implement safety protocols
  • Confusion over medications that look alike or have similar names
  • Failure to review patient’s medical history
  • Illegible handwriting on prescription
  • Fatigue
  • Distraction

Several parties may be liable for a prescription mistake such as the pharmacy, the prescribing physician or even the manufacturer of the medication. Victims of medication mistakes may be able to recover large monetary judgments for their damages suffered.

If you have been the victim of a pharmaceutical error, contact Slater, Tenaglia, Fritz & Hunt to determine if you should file a lawsuit.

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