Multiple studies have shown how the health care industry is prone to medical mistakes. An estimated 250,000 to 440,000 US patients die each year from medical errors, while others suffer permanent injuries. Medication mistakes are a type of medical error that may harm patients. There are instances where pharmacists are responsible for causing these errors. Common medication errors caused by pharmacies can include but are not limited to:
- Wrong medication: Pharmacy staff may mix up the names of medications while filling prescriptions. Staff may confuse prescription drugs with similar-sounding names. The incorrect medications may also be dispensed when patient names are confused.
- Incorrect dosage: Pharmacists may provide a customer with the wrong dosage of a medication. Depending on the circumstances, the patient may be unable to reap the benefits of their treatment or they can overdose.
- Formulation mistakes: Certain drugs have different formulations. For example, some medications are extended release while others are instant release.
- Unclear directions: A pharmacist could provide unclear or incorrect directions to a patient. As a result, the patient may suffer harm after taking the medication incorrectly.
- Compounding mistakes: Some prescription medications are mixed and personally prepared for patients at the pharmacy. Mistakes can be made during the personalization process that could harm patients.
Who is Responsible for a Pharmacy Error?
Why do these mistakes happen? There are typically one or more causes. Multiple parties can also be responsible when these mistakes occur. Future blogs may discuss who can be responsible for these mistakes in more detail.
Pharmacy errors are like other types of medication mistakes, in that they require an investigation to determine who is liable. If you or a loved one were harmed by a pharmacy error, the Atlantic City medical malpractice attorneys at Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. could investigate your situation at not cost to help you determine who is responsible.