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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.

Pharmacy Error Attorney | Improved Communication Can Prevent Medication Mistakes

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

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
  • Distraction
  • 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.