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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.

Deadly Dose: A Result of Pharmacy Error

Galvin B. Kennedy
Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing personal injury, pharmacy error, and overtime law

Everyone makes mistakes, but not every mistake causes serious outcomes. However, when pharmacists make mistakes with medications, innocent children and adults can suffer serious injuries—even death. Pharmaceutical errors that cause permanent injuries or death typically occur when patients receive too much of a medication.

When a pharmacist accidentally fills the wrong dose and overmedication occurs, patients are put in danger. When dosages are too high and incorrect, medication can be so powerful that it can cause patients to develop dangerous heartbeat changes and stop breathing. Although rare, some pharmacists have been known to fill lethal dosages of medication—causing death. Some examples of these tragic incidents include:

  1. A six-year-old girl died after receiving pain medication from a pharmacist that was 10 times too strong.
  2. An infant was supposed to take 1.5 milliliters of medicine, but a pharmacist wrote directions for 1.5 teaspoons—causing a fatal overdose
  3. A 46-year-old man who suffered from chronic neuropathy pains received a prescription for methadone, but the pharmacy typed up the label with the wrong dosage instructions. The patient died from a methadone overdose due to the incorrect instructions.
  4. A newborn died from an overdose of zinc because a pharmacist picked the wrong unit of measurement from the drop down menu and filled milligrams instead of micrograms.
  5. An eight-month-old baby died after receiving a lethal dose of calcium chloride, which was 1.4 grams instead of the correct dose of 140 milligrams.

Sadly, all five of these people didn’t have to die, but they did because someone at the pharmacy wasn’t paying attention, didn’t double check someone else’s work, and didn’t provide the proper level of care. Sometimes, the deadly dose wasn’t just looked at by one person, but two pharmacy employees signed off on it. When pharmacy techs have limited experience, and pharmacists are overworked and coping with heavy workloads, pharmacists may overlook a mistake—even a fatal one.

Sometimes the death of a loved one caused by a pharmaceutical error could involve multiple at-fault parties. Because it can be difficult to point the finger at one person, it is possible that the technician, pharmacist, and pharmacy are all to blame for filling the wrong dosage of drug that led to your family member’s overdose and death.

It is sad to think about the dangers of just one pharmacy dosage error and how your world can be turned upside down in an instant. If your loved one has died as a result of receiving a lethal dosage of drugs from a negligent pharmacy, you may have a pharmacy malpractice case. Find out about your rights by calling us at 888-526-7616 for a free consultation today. You can also request a free copy of our book, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.