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Types of Errors

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.
Other Errors Order our free book, "How to Make Pharmacies Pay for your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors, to learn your rights in prescription error cases.
Kids Rx Errors Order a free copy of The Top 10 Tips to Protect Your Children Against Pharmacy Errors. If you have suffered a prescription error contact our firm today.
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.
Walgreens Pharmacy Error Claims There have been numerous claims brought against Walgreens for pharmacy errors or prescription errors. Order our free book to learn how to take action.
CVS Pharmacy Error Claims If you've been injured because of a CVS Pharmacy prescription error, call us for help with your lawsuit at 888-526-7616.
State Pharmacy Boards If you have been severely injured because of a medication error, contact board-certified attorneys immediately to investigate your case free of charge.
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.
State Pharmacy Laws State laws on pharmacy malpractice. Learn the pharmacy error Statute of Limitation laws that apply to your state. Call 877-342-2020 for a free consultation.

Pharmacy Mistakes, Human Error, and Underlying Causes

Galvin B. Kennedy
Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing personal injury, pharmacy error, and overtime law
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All humans make mistakes. While some mistakes don’t cause harm to people, other errors can bring great harm and danger to those affected by the mistake. In fact, human error can cause serious injuries to people—as is the case when medication errors occur at CVS pharmacies.

Common Cause of Pharmacy Errors

While some people can make a lapse in judgment, sometimes errors are made because a breakdown in procedures has occurred. When a pharmacy patient suffers an injury from receiving the wrong medication or wrong dosage, the last person who handled the prescription often gets blamed. However, there could have been many people involved in the handling of that prescription, possibly causing another reason for that error to have occurred.

For example, maybe a technician entered the wrong dosage in the computer upon receiving the patient’s prescription. Then another technician filled the order and didn’t check the original prescription. After that, a pharmacist reviewed the order and didn’t catch the mistake. What happened here is human error at its finest. However, a closer look into this scenario could determine if there was a breakdown with the pharmacy process that led to the error.

Avoid Errors by Double-, Triple-, and Quadruple-Checking

When pharmacy techs and pharmacists are rushed to fill orders and not given the proper amount of time they need to conduct double- and triple-checks on medications before handing them over to customers, they get blamed. Many times it is the CVS pharmacy management at fault for the poor systems they have in place. While it is human nature to blame a pharmacy error on “human error,” there could be an underlying cause of the accident, such as poor procedures.

We would like to remind you to be aware of the many causes of pharmacy error, and to help spread the word with others you know on Facebook or Twitter.

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