There is no excuse for even one of the estimated 7,000 deaths that occur each year due to pharmacy mistakes. The fact is that these errors are all totally preventable. 1.3 million people are injured each year as result of these pharmacy errors.
Why Are Pharmacy Errors So Common?
Any time there is a human involved, there is a chance for errors to be made. With the number of pharmacists actually shrinking, the number of prescriptions growing, and the population aging, errors are increasingly common.
The many reasons for pharmacy mistakes include:
- Overworked pharmacists and technicians. Pharmacists and their helpers work between 12 and 16 hours every day, without any rest breaks or meal breaks.
- These hardworking people also have 2-3 minutes to fill between 300 and 400 scripts every day.
- The corporations they work for have bean-counters who crunch numbers and decide how many scripts have to be filled to make maximum profits. They don't have the patients' or their employees' best interest at heart.
- Distractions. On top of all this, customers are complaining about the wait, asking directions to grocery items or the bathroom, and the phone is ringing off the hook.
Help Make Retail Pharmacies Safer by Speaking Up.
You may think you have no recourse if you were not injured in the long term by a pharmacy mistake. If you were given the wrong medicine, wrong dose, or discover you were given the wrong instructions for its use save the bottle, the medicine, the bag and the receipt. Speak to our pharmacy lawyers 24/7 at 888-526-7616 for a free case review. We represent people across the country in pharmacy error lawsuits. The statute of limitations begins to run very quickly in these cases, so talk to a competent and experienced pharmacy mistake lawyer as soon as you possibly can.