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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.

Guaranteed Speedy Prescription Times Aren’t Necessarily a Good Thing

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

While patients who come from doctor appointments with new prescriptions in hand may want speedy turnaround times, they need to start realizing that faster prescription speeds may lead to pharmacy errors that could be harmful for their health. Some of these errors due to speedy prescription times include:

  • The wrong dose could be filled, which may lead to an overdose.
  • The wrong medication could be dispensed, which may cause serious consequences that could even be fatal.
  • The instructions or warning labels may not have been placed on the pill bottle due to time constraints.
  • Patients medications could be mixed up and given to the wrong patient due to pharmacists rushing to meet the deadline.

If patients know that these things could occur due to faster dispensing times, then the majority of patients would probably want the pharmacy staff to slow down and ensure their prescriptions are correct.

Unfortunately, it isn’t up to patients. The big corporations that run these pharmacy chains often push speedy dispensing times by guaranteeing 15-minute prescriptions. In fact, according to a U.S. Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) survey, many pharmacists indicated that guaranteed 15-minute dispensing times were a leading factor in medication errors. The survey found that 44% of pharmacists had reported a dispensing error in which they were personally involved that was directly caused by rushing to fill the prescription on time – the deadline set by their own store.

What this indicates is that the push to speed up prescription dispensing times can increase the number of pharmacy errors. While faster turnaround times mean more customers and more money for the store, it may also mean someone’s life. Pharmacies need to stop prioritizing money and speed, and instead focus on making their services better and safer.

If you suffered an injury or your loved one died due to a pharmacy error, it could have been related to the pressure pharmacists are facing from their large corporate pharmacy chains to speed up dispensing times in order to increase profits. Don’t let them get away with it. Call Kennedy Hodges L.L.P. for a free case consultation with a skilled pharmacy error lawyer at 888-526-7616 to find out if you have a case and how to protect your interests. Make sure you also request a FREE copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.