Pharmacies and pharmacists are vital to our medical system – they provide a safe way of getting medicine from the doctor’s prescription to the patient. Many people view pharmacists as merely people who follow orders from doctors and who don’t do much independent thinking.
However, it is very important that pharmacists use their knowledge and expertise on medications and the human body and apply that to the dispensing of medication. Pharmacists can be the only individuals who stand between a negligent doctor who prescribes the wrong dose or the wrong drug and the unsuspecting patient.
The vast majority of pharmacists are knowledgeable professionals who engage in a high level of care when they dispense medication. However, in some cases pharmacists commit negligence. Negligence occurs when a pharmacist breaches a duty of care to their customer, that breach causes harm to the customer, and there are damages as a result. If a pharmacist commits negligence, the pharmacist can be held legally responsible for those damages.
There are many ways in which pharmacists may commit negligence. They may misread the doctor’s handwriting, give the patient the wrong dose, give the patient the wrong directions on taking the medication, or give a patient another patient’s prescription. Any of these mistakes may not seriously harm the patient or may only have temporary side effects. However, for other patients, particularly vulnerable patients such as children and the elderly, the mistake can be catastrophic.
If you believe your pharmacist committed malpractice, and you have suffered serious damages as a result, you may wish to sue the pharmacist or the pharmacy. If you’re in Texas, call the pharmacy malpractice attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 713-489-9493. Our dedicated attorneys will help analyze your case in order to reach a good outcome for you. You can also learn more about our cases and updates by visiting our tiwtter handle: @PharmErrorLaw.