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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.
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.

Wrong Medication Causes Pharmacy Malpractice Lawsuits

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

There are many reasons for pharmacy malpractice, such as overworked pharmacists, not enough staff, too many distractions, and other causes. Unfortunately, the reasons for pharmacist error seem endless:

  • In one pharmacy malpractice case, a technician grabbed the wrong bottle from the shelf and filled a customer’s prescription order with the wrong drug. Although a pharmacist is supposed to review the technician’s work, the pharmacist may be too busy or distracted to catch the mistake. Sadly, this mistake caused serious side effects for the innocent patient involved.  
  • In another drug error case, a pharmacist made a label switch mistake because he was multitasking and filling multiple prescriptions for one patient. A customer had a prescription for one drug twice a day and once a day for another medication; however, the labels got onto the wrong containers and caused the patient to take the wrong dosage of his prescription – causing congestive heart failure from the prescription error.
  • In yet another pharmacy malpractice case, a pharmacist took a prescription over the phone from a doctor’s office and prepared the label, counted the drugs, and poured it in the bottle. However, before he could put the label on the bottle, he received another call for another prescription request. While the pharmacist was filling the other prescription, he somehow got the two labels mixed up and gave the drugs to the wrong patients.
  • In other cases, pharmacists get drug names that look alike mistaken for each other. For instance, Prilosec for Prozac or Navane for Norvasc. The lookalike drug name problem occurs so often that a committee of the United States Pharmacopeia has been formed to review new drug names in hopes of preventing these drug errors. 
  • In pharmacy malpractice lawsuits, pharmacists sometimes guess at physicians’ handwriting instead of verifying the prescription. This is why electronic prescribing is more common these days; however, pharmacist error can still occur if the pharmacist thinks he read one name but it was really another drug name. 

In order to avoid pharmacy malpractice, pharmacists need to remember their duty of care, practice at a high level, review technicians’ work, take time with patients, and counsel customers picking up their new medications. Additionally, pharmacies can hire more staff so that their pharmacists can do their jobs safely and efficiently without causing health risks to customers. 

If you or your loved one has been a victim of pharmacy error, you may want to file a pharmacy malpractice lawsuit with the help of an experienced prescription error lawyer at Kennedy Hodges. Give us a call at 888-526-7616 for a complimentary consultation today. Also, get a FREE copy of our report How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.