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Types of Errors

Dangerous and Defective Drugs If you put your trust in a pharmaceutical company and were hurt by their product, you deserve compensation for your suffering.
Wrong Medication Did you receive the wrong medication or incorrect prescription from a pharmacy? If you have suffered because of a medication error please call us for a free case review.
Wrong Dosage Common forms of medication error: incorrect dosage error. Order our free book to learn how to protect yourself and your family from wrong dosage errors.
Other Errors Order our free book, "How to Make Pharmacies Pay for your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors, to learn your rights in prescription error cases.
Kids Rx Errors Order a free copy of The Top 10 Tips to Protect Your Children Against Pharmacy Errors. If you have suffered a prescription error contact our firm today.
Pharmacy Malpractice If you have suffered an injury because a pharmacy dispensed the wrong medication or made an error with your prescription, you are able to file a claim for negligence or malpractice and receive the compensation you deserve.
Walgreens Pharmacy Error Claims There have been numerous claims brought against Walgreens for pharmacy errors or prescription errors. Order our free book to learn how to take action.
CVS Pharmacy Error Claims If you've been injured because of a CVS Pharmacy prescription error, call us for help with your lawsuit at 888-526-7616.
State Pharmacy Boards If you have been severely injured because of a medication error, contact board-certified attorneys immediately to investigate your case free of charge.
Drug & Pharmacy Error Prevention Filing a pharmacy error lawsuit is the only way to make pharmacies take accountability for mistakes. Call our board certified attorneys for a free case review.
State Pharmacy Laws State laws on pharmacy malpractice. Learn the pharmacy error Statute of Limitation laws that apply to your state. Call 877-342-2020 for a free consultation.

Is the pharmacy technician responsible for the pharmacy error that caused me harm?

At any pharmacy, the pharmacy technicians play an important role in running the practice. Pharmacy technicians are responsible for providing an extra layer of safety for the pharmacist. Unfortunately, the pharmacy technician is just as susceptible to committing an error as any other employee at the pharmacy.

4 Potential Times for Pharmacy Technician Error

At what point during the prescription filling process can these errors occur? The following is an overview:

  1. Pharmacy Technician With a ClipboardAt the time the prescription is dropped off. If the pharmacy technician fails to obtain critical patient information from each patient, an error may occur. Examples of critical information include the patient’s date of birth, allergies, and medical conditions.
     
  2. At the time the order is entered. When a pharmacy technician enters a drug’s name, a risk of error may occur when the drug is new and unfamiliar to the technician. There is also a potential for simple human error when entering information into the computer.
     
  3. At the time the prescription is filled or dispensed. Often, errors occur during the time of filling or dispensing of the medication because the pharmacy technician incorrectly reads a label. This is compounded by something known as “confirmation bias.” Confirmation bias is where a person selects what is familiar to them or what they expected to see on the label rather than what is actually there.
     
  4. At the point of sale. Pharmacy technicians may also make drug errors at the point of sale. Even if the prescription is filled correctly, it could potentially be dispensed to a person that it was not intended for. The risk becomes higher if the technician does not use a second identifier for the patient picking up the prescription. To reduce the chance of an error, the technician should ask the person picking up the medication for the patient’s address or date of birth and check it against the information on the prescription receipt and vial.

If you were injured by a pharmacy error, we can help. We encourage you to contact us today for a consultation at 888-526-7616.

 

David W. Hodges
Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing pharmacy error, medical malpractice and personal injury law