Pharmacy and Prescription Errors Lawyer
When you receive your medications from your pharmacist, you assume you are receiving the correct drug and dosage prescribed for you by your doctor. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Prescription and pharmacy errors occur at a higher rate than most other types of medical mistakes and can be life threatening. The tragedy is that prescription errors are completely preventable, yet hundreds of thousands of people are injured every year by these pharmacy mistakes.
Prescription errors are categorized under adverse drug events, or ADEs. These include receiving the wrong drugs or dosage, causing an adverse reaction. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), ADEs cause 700,000 emergency room visits each year and 100,000 hospitalizations. Many people have serious injuries from drug reactions and too many lose their lives. When these ADEs are caused by a pharmacy error, it is a form of medical malpractice and the company should be held liable for injuries or wrongful deaths caused by their negligence.
Injuries Caused by Pharmacy Errors
A pharmacy may have hundreds, even thousands, of different drugs and dosage amounts in their facility. Many medications look similar or have similar names, making it essential that protocols are in place to ensure the right medications are given to the right patients. When the wrong pill is dispensed, not only could that drug harm an unsuspecting patient, they are not receiving the medication they need. The unknown drug can cause a reaction with other medications or side effects. Even if it is the right drug, the wrong dosage can cause serious injury or even death.
If you have been harmed by a prescription or pharmacy error, you are not alone and you have rights. Contact our legal team at Race Law Firm to discuss your claim. We can advise you on your legal options. Our team will help you decide if you are eligible to seek compensation for your injuries in a medical malpractice claim for prescription errors.