According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug each month and one out of five people take five or more medications. A small percentage of this volume of people relying on U.S. pharmacies to dispense their prescriptions correctly will inevitably suffer from incorrect dosages of medicine.
Medication errors are linked to one death a day in the United States and injure about 1.3 million people every year, reports the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While not all of these medication mistakes are made by pharmacies, a great percentage of errors are caused by negligent pharmacists as well as doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers. Sadly, the most common fatal medication error, as reported in an FDA study, occurs from the improper dose of medicine.
Because medication errors occur often, the medical community has adopted new technologies like electronic prescriptions to help reduce medication errors from occurring. However, even with new technologies in place, negligent pharmacists can still fill the incorrect dose of medicine by mistake—resulting in serious injury or death.
If you have been injured, or a loved one has died, due to an incorrect dose of medicine, please call a pharmacy malpractice lawyer at Kennedy Hodges, L.L.P. at 888-526-7616 for a free case consultation and request a FREE copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.