Wrong medications in Texas, as well as nationwide, unintentionally get into the hands of unsuspecting consumers due to incorrect e-prescribing ordering and because prescriptions are mishandled during the dispensing stage. According to recent studies, pharmacy errors, unfortunately, are on the rise, and there are two main reasons for this increase:
- Dispensing medications at such a rapid rate. Because pharmacies are in a historic revenue slump due to the spike in generic drugs, which are less-profitable, chain pharmacies are putting pressure on their pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to increase prescription output. Additionally, managed care has negotiated the price of drugs down, which also causes pharmacy workers to rapidly fill prescriptions in order to make the company a profit. When techs and pharmacists have to work at such a rapid rate, and often times during staff cutbacks, the situation becomes unsafe, and pharmacy errors are the result.
- Dispensing drugs without thinking first. Because of increased pressure to complete orders, pharmacists may not be taking their time to analyze the orders. (i.e., whether it is the incorrect drug or wrong strength of medication for the patient). Pharmacists need to always remember that doctors are not perfect and can and do make mistakes, which is why pharmacists shouldn’t blindly fill prescriptions. Pharmacists are supposed to monitor and evaluate drugs as their responsibility to patients, in order to reduce wrong medications being filled under their watch.
If you or any of your family members were harmed after receiving the wrong medication from a busy or negligent pharmacist, you should call Kennedy Hodges, L.L.P. at 888-526-7616 for a free consultation with an experienced Texas pharmacy error lawyer today.