We know that you expect the healthcare professionals you see to keep you safe and make you better. Unfortunately, there are times when they make your situation worse. One place that many errors occur is at the pharmacy with your medications. Whether it is because the pharmacist was tired after a long day or that they simply missed a step, pharmacy mistakes happen.
We found an article in which pharmacists spoke about their mistakes. We will cover some of them here:
The bottom line is that pharmacists make mistakes, but at the Weitz Firm, we know that they are not the only ones who make medication errors. If you need a Philadelphia medications error attorney, contact us today.
Studies show us that medication mistakes cause more than 7,000 annual deaths in the US. These numbers do not include the multitude of irreparably harm caused to survivors of medication mistakes. We often see these errors occur because of a patient:
When a medication order is given by a doctor, it is relayed to a pharmacist who then checks the order and is supposed to ensure that there are no contraindications to giving that med based on a patient’s history or other medications they are taking. Of course, a doctor should also have checked on this as well.
A pharmacist then dispenses the medication and a nurse is supposed to give it based on the dosage requirement. You will notice that everyone in this system has a check on themselves except the nurses.
When a patient leaves a hospital, they leave with orders and prescriptions. Unfortunately, nearly 30% of patients have at least one medication error on their discharge papers.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a medication error caused by a healthcare professional, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At the Weitz Firm, we want to make sure that you get all of the compensation you deserve. This can include: