Parents want the best for their children which is why they baby-proof their homes, supervise their kids during play time, and do their best to protect their children from harm and danger. While it is normal for parents to be paranoid about certain issues and potential hazards that could affect their children, one situation in which parents might want to pay more attention is when they pick up pharmacy medications for their children.
While medicines are intended to help children get over sicknesses faster and provide necessary treatment for certain conditions, the wrong medications or wrong dosages of drugs could actually cost a child his or her life. This is why parents need to remember that pharmacists are human beings—capable of making mistakes that can cause serious injuries.
Disturbing Trend in Pharmacy Errors
Recently, there have been several incidents in which pharmacists have made critical medication mistakes that have seriously affected children and families. Some of these examples include:
- An 8-month-old was given an adult dosage of codeine from a Houston pharmacy. Although the medication mistake was caught before a fatality occurred, it is still unknown if the baby suffered permanent injuries as a result of the prescription error.
- A child was given medication that was too high of a dosage because the pharmacist placed the wrong instructions on the bottle of liquid heartburn medication—causing the infant to suffer seizures and strokes.
- A pregnant woman was supposed to receive an antibiotic but instead was given methotrexate, a cancer drug known to induce abortions.
When innocent children and families are harmed as a result of pharmacy errors, families often want and deserve justice. Whether a serious injury occurred or a life was lost because of a prescription mix-up, affected families need to seek justice.
How Is Justice Served?
Justice can come in many different forms. For example, it could include being compensated for the medical bills, pain and suffering, and other pharmacy malpractice damages the incident caused. However, sometimes financial compensation isn’t enough and families want to make sure the same type of harm doesn’t happen to another child and family. This is why justice could also include pharmacy fines or the suspension or revocation of a pharmacist’s license.
While justice won’t bring a child back or take away the injuries a child suffered, it can help families get closure and move forward. If your infant, toddler, or child was the victim of a pharmacy error, you should seek legal advice. If you aren’t ready to talk with a lawyer yet, please do yourself a favor and request a free copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.