It may never occur to people that something might be wrong with a prescription they pick up at their local pharmacy. But unfortunately, pharmacies frequently send people home with the wrong medication, wrong dosage of drugs, the wrong instructions, and even someone else’s prescription. These types of incidents are considered prescription misfills.
When pharmacists are negligent in filling patients’ prescriptions, medication misfills can occur. If a pharmacist was doing his or her job right, a prescription misfill would never take place. For this reason, pharmacists and pharmacies are liable for a patient’s injuries or even death that results from prescription misfills.
Sadly, misfills occur more than most people realize. And pharmacy malpractice lawsuits in Texas are constantly being pursued against Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, and other pharmacies for misfilled prescriptions. When a pharmacy incorrectly fills a patient’s prescription, a patient may suffer headaches, nausea, blurred vision and other symptoms without ever connecting their symptoms to the pills they were prescribed. When patients take the wrong drug or too high of a dosage for too long, they can suffer from congestive heart failure or other serious injuries and ultimately die.
Prescription Misfill Liability
Liability related to prescription drugs can involve drug manufacturers, doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and pharmacists. Although there are many possible at fault parties, a pharmacist would likely be the party liable if he or she incorrectly labels a prescription or provides the wrong dosage, wrong medication, or wrong instructions to a patient.
If a prescription misfill in Texas has affected your health and well-being, you should speak with an attorney about your potential claim today. Call a Houston pharmacy malpractice attorney at Kennedy Hodges for a free consultation at 888.526.7616 today.