Pharmacy employees have a duty of care to give patients the right medicine. Unfortunately, most people are unaware of just how widespread the epidemic of prescription errors is. This is a problem that has many underlying causes, but one of the root reasons remains that the system is broken.
Large corporate pharmacy chains are concerned about profit. In order to maximize profit they choose not to correct the dangerous pharmacy practices that cause errors in the first place:
- Understaffed pharmacies and
- Undertrained staff.
Instead of hiring more people or investing more money for training to prevent errors pharmacy chains would much rather deal with the few lawsuits lodged against them every year instead of instituting any real change in their flawed system.
Who is to blame for pharmacy mistakes?
Most people tend to point the finger at pharmacy staff, who are usually working long shifts, with little to no breaks, trying to meet the quotas imposed on them by corporate offices.
When serious prescription mistakes are discovered, what usually happens is that a pharmacist or pharmacy technician will get blamed for the error and get fired. This may be a surface fix, but it won’t reduce the risk of error at all.
What's more, most health care providers, especially pharmacists, normally take great care to try and eliminate errors. Punishing the staff is not always the best measure, unless that individual is found to repeatedly violate standards of care.
What is the best way to eliminate pharmacy errors?
Identifying the cause of the problem is the best way to prevent medication errors. And this is where most pharmacies come up short, because corporate executives will do their best to pay out settlements to the few people who file against them instead of investing towards better training systems for pharmacy technicians, or towards hiring more staff.
In the long run, patients are the ones who end up getting hurt by wrong medication mistakes, wrong dosage mistakes, or children’s medication errors. But if you or a loved one were victims of a pharmacy error you do not have to suffer in silence. You can take action against the pharmacy for what happened to you. When you file a lawsuit, corporate offices pay attention.
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