If you have experienced a prescription drug mistake that had serious consequences, you are probably looking for help from an attorney for your pharmacy error case. But what you may not know is there is also help available from your state pharmacy board, an agency that can hold pharmacists accountable for their dispensing mistakes.
Pharmacists are legally liable to any patients who were harmed by their negligence, but they could also be subject to regulatory actions from their state pharmacy commission. Depending on your state, these consequences can include fines, license suspension, or permanent loss of the pharmacist’s license. In some states, pharmacists can be suspended after a single prescription error.
Research shows that pharmacy customers may be increasingly at risk for experiencing medication errors:
In Massachusetts, the number of disciplinary actions against pharmacists and technicians increased from 30 to 49 from 2004 to 2005. In the span of one year, Georgia saw a 40 percent increase in customer complaints about dispensing mistakes. If these trends persist, pharmacists are increasingly likely to be named in lawsuits and face disciplinary action.
Some states offer online resources for customers to check the licensure status of a pharmacy or pharmacist. In Georgia and South Carolina, for example, consumers can check individual pharmacies to see whether the state board has taken disciplinary action against them. In Georgia, consumers can even find out why the disciplinary action was taken by searching the secretary of state’s website.
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