Shockingly, many people die every year due to prescription medication errors involving the wrong dosages, wrong drugs, dangerous drug interactions, and drug administration errors. While some of these errors occur in hospitals and are considered medical malpractice, some medication errors occur under the direct supervision of a pharmacist and result in Texas pharmacy malpractice.
Because a pharmacist is a trained medical professional who is supposed to ensure that patients’ prescriptions are correctly filled, he or she can be held liable for prescription errors that result in an injury or death. Not only are pharmacists responsible for filling customers’ prescriptions with the right drug and proper dosage, they are supposed to disclose the appropriate medication usage and instructions, as well as warn clients about drug interactions. When anything goes wrong along the way and a pharmacist fails to fulfill his or her responsibilities, a consumer can file a legal claim for damages.
Pharmacy Liability in Texas
In cases in which serious injuries or death result from pharmacy prescription medication errors, those injured, or their families, can pursue the course of legal action known as a pharmaceutical malpractice lawsuit. The reality is that pharmacists and pharmacies can be legally responsible for errors that can cause patients’ harm.
One of the most common causes of Texas pharmacy malpractice lawsuits are misfill errors. While this term sounds harmless, it is anything but that. In fact, misfill is a broad term used for any of the following pharmacy errors, including:
- Wrong drug dosage that causes a patient to suffer injuries from not getting enough medication or receiving too much medication
- Wrong medication was incorrectly filled, causing the patient harm
- Incorrect drug label causes a patient to take too much medication or not enough
Any one of these misfill errors can cause someone to suffer needlessly. If you have been a victim of a misfill mistake or other type of pharmacy error in Texas, don’t shy away from getting compensated for your injury or loss. There are experienced medication error attorneys ready to help you seek justice.
To find out about your rights in a free consultation, contact a skilled Houston pharmaceutical malpractice lawyer at Kennedy Hodges at 888.526.7616 today. We also invite you to request a free copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.