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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.
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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.

Regulating Pharmacies May Include State Pharmacy Boards Testing Drugs

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

Each state has a State Board of Pharmacy that regulates the pharmacy practices within that state, including the practice of pharmacists, technicians, and pharmacies that manufacturer drugs and medical devices. The purpose of these boards is to make sure consumers are kept safe.

Unfortunately, states cannot protect every consumer from pharmacy mistakes that occur. Sadly, there is simply not enough funding, staff, or members who care to adopt new laws to protect consumers in every state. However, some states seem more concerned about the public and look to establish new laws to govern pharmacy inspections in an effort to limit pharmacy errors.

New Pharmacy Laws

In the 2013 legislative session, many states had pharmacy bills up for review but not very many states approved and passed such bills. However, Missouri was one state that did pass a new bill. Senate Bill 306 was signed into law recently by Governor Jay Nixon, which will allow the Missouri Board of Pharmacy to test pharmaceutical products and conduct lab tests on the drugs pharmacies sell. It passed by a 154-1 vote in the House of Representatives and a 34-0 vote in the Senate.

Under the last law, the State Board of Pharmacy could inspect a pharmacy but wasn’t been able to inspect the drugs that are sold—until now. While most pharmacists are honest people who fill the correct medications, there are some pharmacists who have practiced pharmaceutical fraud. For example, a Kansas City pharmacist was convicted to 30 years in federal prison for diluting cancer drugs. The decade-long charade was an attempt to stretch his pharmacy’s profits, and ultimately affected the health of an estimated 4,000 cancer patients.

Under this new law, pharmacists who are purposely committing fraud would most likely be caught — helping to protect consumers. Of course there are always the infrequent incidences of pharmacy error when medications get mixed up, the wrong dosage gets filled, or the wrong instructions get handed out to a patient. Unfortunately, this law or any State Board of Pharmacy will not be able to prevent all pharmacy errors from occurring.

If you have been a victim of a pharmacy mistake, you should report it to your State Board of Pharmacy. You may also want to contact an experienced pharmacy malpractice attorney at Kennedy Hodges, L.L.P. by calling 888-526-7616. We offer a free consultation to discuss your pharmacy lawsuit, and you can receive a FREE copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.