If you or someone you love has suffered a Houston pharmacy error, you know how easily these mistakes can happen. Unfortunately, while there are many ways physicians and pharmacists can reduce the number of prescription errors, many are resistant to change - such as adopting new, and often lifesaving, technologies.
For instance, the use of electronic prescribing has been shown to greatly reduce the number of harmful medication mistakes. Unfortunately, only about a third of the nation’s prescriptions are filled through e-prescribing, and here’s why:
- Cost.E-prescribing is most effective in institutions that have made the switch to electronic health records. However, this process can cost multiple thousands of dollars and many smaller practices simply do not have the money to cover the upfront costs.
- Staffing. The new electronic system may be more efficient once it’s in place, but all staff members must learn how to process and fill the orders, adding several hours to staff training. Also, the process allows orders to come in more quickly, and pharmacies may be unwilling or unable to add extra techs to keep up.
- Optional protocol. Even when the technology has been installed, physicians have to choose whether they want to use it. Many are reluctant to change and opt to keep doing things as they have always done them.
It’s important to remember that these are company choices; they are not valid excuses for causing your medication error. The attorneys at Kennedy Hodges can tell you if you need to hire a Texas pharmacy lawyerfor your case in your FREE consultation. Call us today at 888-526-7616, or click the link above to receive a FREE copy ofour report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.