Your family member was rushed to the hospital after a pharmacist made a mistake with his prescription. As you prepare your pharmacy error case, you may be wondering: Could the state pharmacy board have prevented this mistake?
If you think the board should have done more to intervene, you’re not alone. A recent survey revealed that 75 percent of the general public thought the best solution for stopping prescription drug errors would be to prevent pharmacists with bad track records from practicing. Nearly as many thought that better training of pharmacy staff could help reduce the risk of such errors.
Depending on where you live, your state pharmacy board can help your case by:
- Providing evidence. Most states have begun collecting mandatory drug error reports from pharmacies, and some pharmacies are even required to encourage consumers to report mistakes. For example, all Connecticut pharmacies must display a sign providing error reporting information to the Department of Consumer Protection. If an error is detected, these pharmacies must perform a state-guided review within two days of the mistake that includes making a plan to avoid the mistake in the future and recommending changes to the pharmacy’s policies. They must also make pharmacy records available for inspection by the pharmacy commission.
- Proving negligence. The state boards in California, Wyoming, and Oregon have instituted a unique safety measure in their pharmacy regulations: All prescription bottle labels must have a picture detailing the color, shape, and identification code, if applicable, of the tablets or capsules contained inside. Pharmacists or technicians filling the prescription or discussing it with a patient would have to ignore the bottle to make a wrong medication mistake.
You should always report any medication errors to your state pharmacy board, just as you should always seek legal advice after a prescription drug mistake has occurred. Call Kennedy Hodges today at (888) 526-7616 to start your FREE case evaluation, or fill out the form on this page to have a member of our staff contact you.
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