Patients should feel safe when they pick up their prescription medication from the local pharmacy. However, pharmaceutical errors are becoming increasingly common and are a leading cause for serious injury to thousands of Americans each year. Pharmacies fill millions of prescriptions in the country each year, and when these errors occur, poisoning, overdose or even death may happen as well.
Pharmacies are required to use precision and care in preparing each prescription drug they give to patients. When they fail to do so, serious and deadly errors can occur. Some of the more common errors that are seen include:
Pharmacy errors are increasingly common, especially as large chain stores become the more popular choice for prescriptions in the United States. A few reasons the error rate has increased include insufficient staff training, a staff that is overworked, negligent supervision by the overseeing pharmacist and even an over-reliance on automated systems instead of manually checking prescriptions. While there are reasons, these reasons do not justify or excuse the increase in these serious medical errors.
When someone is injured due to allegations of pharmacy error, the traditional elements of negligence will apply. This means proving that the pharmacist owed the plaintiff a duty of care, then showing that the duty owed was breached. Lastly, the plaintiff will need to show that damages occurred because of that breach (such as an accidental overdose).
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