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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.

How Many Parties Can Be at Fault in a Texas Pharmacy Malpractice Claim?

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

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.