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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.

Are Pharmacy Techs to Blame for Prescription Drug Errors?

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

You’ve probably tried to pick up a prescription during a pharmacy’s “rush hour.” Long lines, phones ringing, and customers coming up to the desk for non-medical information - it’s no wonder that pharmacies need several techs just to fill orders.

 

Unfortunately, many chain pharmacies don’t have nearly enough techs on hand, and the ones they do hire are underpaid and undertrained.A recent article claimed that Pennsylvania pharmacy techs make about nine dollars an hour, and there are currently no state laws that require testing or even licensing before they can fill a prescription.

 

For example, pharmacy techs in Pennsylvania have surprisingly few credentialing requirements:

 

  • Despite the fact that they will be handling drugs and answering medication-related questions, techs are not required to take a test or be licensed by the state.
  • There is currently not a registry for Pennsylvania pharmacy techs.
  • Criminal background checks are not mandatory for pharmacy technicians. 

 

Since there are no state requirements for the training of technicians, many pharmacies will have their own credentialing and training programs. However, this means that a technician’s training will be influenced only by the company policies of the pharmacy that employs them, and the pharmacist who is directly in charge of them.

 

As experienced pharmacy error lawyers, we know that accidents are a fact of life. However, if your prescription drug injury was caused by a pharmacist’s oversight, it wasn’t an accident - it was negligence, and you shouldn’t have to pay for the consequences.

 

 Our board-certified drug injury attorneys can tell you if you are eligible for compensation for your medical costs and loss of income in your FREE consultation. Call Kennedy Hodges today at (888) 526-7616 to get started.

 

Want to know what to expect in your prescription drug injury case? Click the link above and we’ll rush you a FREE copy of our consumer report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.