As it turns out, pharmacy errors occur more often than the public hears about. In fact, mistakes made by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians happen all too frequently; however, most errors go unreported. Unfortunately, patients aren’t aware of the errors that have occurred at their local pharmacies. The reason? Most states don’t require pharmacies to report medication mistakes.
While errors with prescriptions happen frequently across this nation, the public rarely hears about these mistakes. Because most states don’t require pharmacies to report the errors, the public only hears about the errors that are publicized or have made it to the news. State pharmacy boards only hear about the medication mistakes that have been reported to them by the public.
The pharmacy errors the public does hear about often involve patients receiving the wrong drug, wrong instructions, or the wrong dosage. Sadly, these incidents are often the ones that cause patients serious injuries—even death. Although affected patients and their families can report these incidents to state pharmacy boards, little is done about these errors. Sometimes the state pharmacy boards will punish a pharmacist by suspending his or her license, but often the punishment is light or nonexistent.
Sadly, victims of pharmacy mistakes have little recourse, and pharmacies aren’t required to reimburse victims for their damages. This is why victims and their families often turn to pursuing pharmacy malpractice lawsuits against negligent pharmacists and pharmacies for the injuries, trauma, and medical bills they endured. To learn more about pursuing damages against a pharmacy, we invite you to request a copy of our free book, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.