When patients are prescribed medications, they expect the medicine to help them rather than harm them. Unfortunately, when things go wrong and medication errors occur, doctors aren’t the only party that could be blamed. There are many different parties that could be liable for medical and pharmacy malpractice in Texas, such as:
- Doctors – Poor handwriting often results in wrong medications being prescribed to patients. In addition, ineligible handwriting can lead to the wrong dosage—even a fatal dose of medication. When doctors don’t take the time to ensure the prescriptions they write are clear, they can be held accountable for negligence.
- Pharmacists – Even if a doctor has drafted a poorly written prescription, pharmacists are trained professionals. If pharmacists believe a prescription is suspicious, incorrect or outside the norm, they have a duty to call the doctor’s office to verify. Additionally, pharmacists should know if a prescription is written for too much medication for the patient’s size and age. When pharmacists don’t use their training and common sense, they can be held liable for pharmacy malpractice.
- Nurses – If a doctor prescribes a dangerous drug dose and a nurse administers the drug, a nurse can be found negligent as well as the doctor. When nurses overlook medication errors or misread the prescription and administer a lethal dose by mistake, they can be held liable.
- Hospitals – The hospital can be to blame when medication errors occur as well. For example, when pumps and other equipment malfunctions that cause too much or too little medication to be used, the hospital can be found at fault for the medication error.
- Drug manufacturers – Sometimes the doctor, pharmacist, nurse, and other medical professionals involved do their job perfectly but patients still suffer. This could be due to a defective medication by drug manufacturers or compounding pharmacists.
It is not uncommon for doctors, hospitals, and pharmacists to share a certain percentage of the blame when medication errors occur. When things go wrong in any area, a harmful error can occur and cause patients to suffer needlessly. Sometimes fatal mistakes are made that can leave a family grieving. When a death occurs, families should hire a pharmaceutical malpractice attorney to investigate.
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to prove medical malpractice or pharmacy malpractice. This is why it is critical to speak with a qualified attorney immediately. Contact Kennedy Hodges at 888-526-7616 for a free initial consultation with a Houston pharmacy malpractice lawyer, and request a free copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.