Every year there are millions of people taking prescription medications filled by pharmacies. In fact, there are thousands of people every day that trust their pharmacists and pharmaceutical companies with their lives. Unfortunately, pharmacy errors occur far too often that cause serious injuries to innocent consumers including children, adults, and seniors.
While it’s nice not to worry about things you cannot control, consumers need to be aware that medication mix-ups, incorrect dosage of drugs, wrong medication, and other prescription mistakes can occur. These pharmacy errors occur for many reasons including:
- Lack of training
- Poor communication
- Busy pharmacies
According to a new analysis of malpractice claims, many adverse drug reactions were found to be preventable. A team at the Harvard Medical Practice Study reviewed claims processed by the New England insurance company and found that nearly three quarters of malpractice cases were preventable. Interestingly, it was found that poor communication, poor handover, and lack of supervision accounted for the shortfalls in preventing these drug-related errors.
The study also revealed that the drugs that were more involved in malpractice claims included antibiotics, antidepressants, antipsychotics, cardiovascular drugs, and anticoagulants. Sadly, many of these adverse drug effects were life threatening and some were even fatal; some of these tragedies could have been prevented by:
- Improved communication
- More training
- Better supervision
In order to prevent medication errors from occurring, pharmacists need to do their part — making sure they get every order right — and consumers need to ask the right questions and be aware that drug errors can occur.
Medication mistakes are a danger to everyone, as most people have had prescriptions filled at pharmacies at some point in their lives. If you have been harmed by a pharmacy, or if you lost your loved one due to an adverse drug event, please call an experienced pharmacy malpractice attorney at Kennedy Hodges at 888-526-7616. We will provide you with a free consultation and a FREE copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.