Mistakes in the pharmacy field cannot only jeopardize a person’s employment or tarnish the brand who distributed the medicine, but it can also result in serious health hazards or even death to the individual who took the prescription. According to Resource4PharmacyMalpractice.com, pharmacy errors kill almost 100,000 individuals annually. The same mistakes within the pharmaceutical field injure over 1.3 million people annually.
In addition to incorrect dosage and wrong medication, other common pharmacy errors include:
These mistakes can be caused by fewer pharmacists handling more prescriptions and an emphasis on speed over accuracy. Some other factors include:
Proper education empowers the patient to participate in their own health care and safeguard against errors. Some examples of instructions to patients that can help prevent medication errors are:
If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered harm as a result of a medication error, it is imperative to contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Our personal injury lawyers understand the complex medical and legal issues associated with medication error lawsuits. We strive to maximize recovery for our clients, and to help them get their lives back on track. For a free consultation with our team at Scartelli Olszewski, P.C., contact us today.
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