Types of Pharmacy Malpractice

With latest statistics showing that pharmacy malpractice is on the rise and estimating that around 7,000 deaths actually occur each year from incorrect prescriptions across the nation, pharmacy malpractice is something that patients need to be informed about. Generally a pharmacist or other pharmacy employee breaching the standard of care that is to be reasonably expected characterizes pharmacy malpractice. There is more than one type of pharmacy malpractice. Pharmacy malpractice can include incorrect pharmacy prescription, prescription errors, and failure to advise or consult with a patient.

One type of pharmacy malpractice is incorrect pharmacy prescription. Depending on the circumstances the pharmacist, Pharmacists have received the training to be able to perform their job and it is their responsibility to perform it correctly without errors.the doctor, or possibly both, can responsible for an incorrect prescription. Sometimes a doctor may prescribe the wrong medication for the patient, which can cause physical damage and at times even death. Sometimes it can be the pharmacist who gives the patient the wrong prescription, and doing so brings about horrible results and even death. Admittedly there are thousands of drugs that pharmacists have to deal with, but however confusing similar names and similar looking pills may be, it is the job of the pharmacist to provide the correct prescription. Pharmacists have received the training to be able to perform their job and it is their responsibility to perform it correctly without errors.

Another type of pharmacy malpractice is prescription errors. Prescriptions can at times be complicated and there are many errors that can possibly occur when filling them. It is possible for the patient to receive the wrong drug, the wrong dosage of the correct drug, or perhaps have the wrong labeling on the prescription. Prescription errors can also include the wrong instructions being printed on the medication. Any of these situations are considered pharmacy malpractice. Patients are not trained in medications and what to look for and receiving the wrong prescription can be harmful or fatal to them. It is the responsibility of the trained pharmacy professional to make sure that all aspects of each prescription are correct.

Failure to advise or consult with a patient can also be considered pharmacy malpractice. Patients should be advised of any potential interactions with other medications they are taking. Failure to recognize that drugs may interact with another drug a patient is taking can be considered pharmacy malpractice. Also, some states do require that pharmacists consult with their patients and let them know of any side effects that could occur that they should be aware of for their safety. Failure to do so is against the law in these states and is pharmacy malpractice.

As a patient you deserve the best of care and you should never have to suffer adverse effects due to pharmacy malpractice. Acting immediately and consulting with a pharmacy malpractice attorney can help you receive the compensation you deserve. Remember that pharmacies must be held responsible for their actions and you do not deserve poor health care. It is important to contact a lawyer that is familiar with the laws concerning pharmacy malpractice and who can advise and help you today.

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