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Dangerous and Defective Drugs If you put your trust in a pharmaceutical company and were hurt by their product, you deserve compensation for your suffering.
Wrong Medication Did you receive the wrong medication or incorrect prescription from a pharmacy? If you have suffered because of a medication error please call us for a free case review.
Wrong Dosage Common forms of medication error: incorrect dosage error. Order our free book to learn how to protect yourself and your family from wrong dosage errors.
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Pharmacy Malpractice If you have suffered an injury because a pharmacy dispensed the wrong medication or made an error with your prescription, you are able to file a claim for negligence or malpractice and receive the compensation you deserve.
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Drug & Pharmacy Error Prevention Filing a pharmacy error lawsuit is the only way to make pharmacies take accountability for mistakes. Call our board certified attorneys for a free case review.
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Do Pharmacists Know What Causes Prescription Drug Errors?

David W. Hodges
Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing pharmacy error, medical malpractice and personal injury law
Comments (1)
No matter how much the staff apologized after your pharmacy error, you were still understandably shaken. A harmful drug error not only causes injury, but is far too easy a mistake to make--and the chances are good that it will happen again. So how can a pharmacy be sure that it is doing all it can do to prevent medication errors?

A study done by the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists found that there were a number of factors that contributed to these mistakes. By paying close attention to common causes, the pharmacist and staff can take steps to minimize risks and potentially eliminate many harmful mistakes in the future.

In order to prevent harmful medication errors, pharmacists should be aware of the following risk factors:

1. Day shifts. There are higher error rates during daytime work shifts.
  1. Staff training. Poorly trained or inexperienced staff was a common problem.
  2. Multiple medications. The more medications a patient takes, the greater the chance of error. 
  3. Distractions. Environmental factors such as lighting, noise, and frequent interruptions affect the error rate.
  4. Staff workload. Fatigue and multi-tasking can cause staff members to make mistakes.
  5. Communication problems. Miscommunication or lack of dialogue between staff and health-care providers contributed to patient harm.
  6. Improper drug storage was found to cause harmful side effects.
  7. Drug packaging. Confusing product names, package information or labeling may lead to dosage mistakes.
  8. Poor handwriting from doctors and pharmacists is a common source of error.
  9. Verbal orders. Spoken orders should be avoided to prevent “sound-alike” errors.

As trusted pharmacy error injury lawyers, we realize that improvements in the system are necessary, but they won’t happen overnight. Victims continue to suffer prescription error side effects every day, losing income and gaining expensive medical bills.

To get a free consultation on your drug injury case, call Kennedy Hodges today at 888-526-7616, or click the link above to receive a FREE copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.
1 Comments:
I worked as a Pharmacy Tech, and I know for a fact that Pharmacist are suppose to report ANY mistakes they make ..they don't.. Just I'm sorry Mrs/Mr XYZ and send them on their way. Sometimes they leave too much confidence in the Tech's..all Pharmacist's are to Double Check the amount and the Drug itself against the Dr Script before bagging.
Posted by Donna Kopenhaver on April 19, 2012 at 02:54 PM

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