Pharmacy Errors Cause Over a Million Injuries Each Year Nationwide. According to the Food and Drug Administration, pharmaceutical errors cause over a million injuries each year nationwide. Some sources state that anywhere between 10 and 15 percent of all prescriptions are incorrectly filled in the country. Given these numbers, can we be sure we got the right medication in our last trip to the pharmacy? Can we continue to rely on pharmacists doing their job right? Mistakes by pharmacists are too common to ignore and the results can be devastating.
Typical mistakes by the pharmacy consist of giving a patient the wrong medicine or the wrong dosage. Such mistakes occur all over the U.S. and may take place at large pharmacy chains as well as at local independent drugstores. The causes of these mistakes range from poor personnel training to inadequate quality control and fatigue due to excessive working hours.
Multiple news outlets recently covered the story of a woman who died after a large national pharmacy chain wrongfully gave her 10 times the dosage of a blood thinner she was prescribed by her physician. In that case, it was discovered that the error was made by a teenaged-pharmacy technician who had been working at a movie theater just weeks before the incident. In another situation, patients discovered three separate prescription errors committed at the same Boca Raton pharmacy within several months of one another. While these cases resulted in legal action, many pharmacy and prescription errors are not even reported, as many go unnoticed where the consumer does not sustain an injury.
Patients should pay careful attention to the medication they take and should ask their doctor and pharmacist about any discrepancies. Some pharmacy errors can be avoided if patients know what their pills look like. Resources, such as drugs.com and WebMD, can provide valuable information to consumers, but ultimately your doctor and pharmacist should be consulted with any questions. The more a patient knows about the medication he or she takes, the less likely it is that a pharmacy error will cause harm.
If you believe that you have been injured by a pharmacy error, it is important to contact an experienced attorney immediately. An experienced personal injury attorney can advise you of your options and help you claim any damages you might be owed as a result of any pharmacist's negligence.