Pharmacy Errors

Medicine & Pharmacy Errors

Pharmacy and prescription errors can cause tragic personal injury and wrongful death. There are many types of mistakes made while treating patients, including mistakes in prescribing and filling patient prescriptions - a form of medical malpractice. More and more common, pharmacy errors and prescription errors are accounting for as many as 98,000 deaths each year. One study reported that as many as 5% of prescriptions filled each year are incorrect.

Children are most at risk. The medical statistics show the potential for adverse drug events in children to be three times higher than for adults. These statistics show the potential to be even higher for infants in neonatal units.

Patient prescription errors, vaguely referred to as adverse drug events, occur frighteningly often. Medical malpractice statistics have shown that doctors make about four prescription mistakes for every thousand prescriptions written. These statistics mean that many of us will become victims of prescription errors at some point in our lives. Some prescription errors cause no lasting harm, but other errors may lead to a serious illness or death. The personal injury caused by incorrect prescriptions can result in thousands of dollars of unnecessary medical bills, not to mention the pain and suffering inflicted on a patient.

Although the stereotype is that doctors have terrible handwriting, the most common cause of prescription errors is a physician's lack of knowledge about a particular drug. Other common prescription errors include:

  • Failing to adjust the medication dosage to reflect changes in the patient's condition
  • Prescribing a drug that the patient's medical history shows he or she is allergic to
  • Prescribing a dosage that is too large or too small
  • Writing the name of the wrong drug down on the prescription pad

Doctors aren't the only culprits; pharmacists can also commit prescription errors by providing the patient with the wrong drug, the wrong dosage, or the wrong instructions for taking the drug, even if the doctor's prescription was correct.

Protect Yourself from Prescription Errors

  • When you are prescribed medication, read the prescription out loud and ask the physician to confirm it.
  • Verify and write down the drug's name and dosage, and confirm this with your doctor.
  • Use a reputable pharmacy with adequate staff. Avoid understaffed pharmacies and "internet" pharmacies.
  • When picking up your prescription, verify the dosages and drug names match what you wrote down, including opening the bottle looking at the actual medication. Ask the pharmacist to verify the medication is correct.
  • If you have any questions about the medication or the directions for taking it, ask the pharmacist for a detailed explanation.

If you suspect that you or someone you know has been a victim of a pharmacy or prescription error, contact the Rasansky Law Firm for a complimentary review and evaluation of your case by our medical malpractice lawyers. We demand strict professional standards.

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