As many as 7,000 people die each year in the United States as a result of medication errors or incorrect prescriptions, according to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. Most often such fatalities are due to overworked, under- or unqualified staff attending to patients; illegible handwriting; nurses administering another patient's medication; failures to look into potential drug interactions; or contraindications. These are all understandable mistakes. None of them, however, justify the harm that can be caused by misfiled prescriptions.
At Furr & Henshaw, we have more than 40 years of experience handling cases involving medical malpractice and pharmacy errors, including medication errors. Whether a doctor, nurse, pharmacist or another party is responsible for the medication error that resulted in your injuries, we take the time to investigate and gather all evidence in order to aggressively pursue compensation on your behalf. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Pharmacists Must Follow Standards Of Care
According to the law, pharmacists and medical professionals have a responsibility to their patients to practice within the standard of care set by their profession. Such standards seek to establish proper procedures for ensuring that pharmacists fill, compound, dispense and label prescriptions correctly. Predictably, when they do not meet the standard of care, errors happen and people get hurt. In fact, medical research shows that 90 percent of all prescription errors are preventable when medical professionals adhere to the proper guidelines.
Common prescription or medication errors include:
- Dispensing the wrong medication
- Giving the patient the wrong dosage, especially in cases involving children's medications
- Failing to identify harmful drug interactions or possible allergies to medication
- Failure to document/identify previous allergic reactions
An improper dose of certain drugs or wrong medications can result in severe adverse reactions, leading to hospitalization, organ damage, chronic pain, permanent disability or even death.
What To Do If You Have Been Given Improper Medication
Be sure to save the bottle or package the prescription came in, even if the medication has already been used up. Save any receipts or directions that came with the prescription, and record any effects that you notice after taking the drug, or unusual symptoms you have experienced lately that may be related.
Contact Us When You Need Help
Our firm has extensive experience in prescription error cases. Let us help if you or a family member has suffered injury or damages as a result of a medication error. To schedule a consultation, call us at 803-250-6829 (Columbia) or 843-213-6737 (Myrtle Beach), or arrange an appointment online. We will assess your case for free; going forward, we only collect payment if we win compensation on your behalf.