You have probably read about doctors operating on the wrong side, leaving medical devices in patients, or misdiagnosing patients. Unfortunately, doctors make mistakes, resulting in a breached duty of care to their patients. However, physicians aren’t the only medical professionals that make mistakes and breach their duty of care. In fact, pharmacists also make errors that can cause patients injuries and even death.
Pharmacists—just like doctors—are trained in what they do and are, therefore, held to a high duty of care. This means that pharmacists have a standard of care that requires them to provide the correct medications, right dosage of drugs, and accurate medication instructions to their patients whose prescriptions they fill. When they fail to exercise care and their negligence causes harm and devastating injuries, they can be held legally liable for the mistakes they have made.
Breach in Duty of Care Is Grounds for Pharmacy Malpractice
Here are some of the ways pharmacists can breach their duty of care:
- Filling the wrong dose of medicine
- Giving the wrong medication to the wrong patient or filling the wrong drug
- Filling a look-alike or sound-alike medication
- Misreading the doctor’s handwritten prescription
- Providing the wrong dosage instructions with the medicine
- Failing to notice a mistake made by pharmacy techs
- Not catching an error made by a doctor
- Failing to warn patients of drug interactions
- Forgetting to tell patients about the potential side effects of their medications
As you can see, there are a number of different ways pharmacists can breach their duty of care to patients. Unfortunately, serious injuries can occur when pharmacists make errors, resulting in expensive medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering for patients. If a pharmacist’s breach has caused your illness or your loved one’s death, the pharmacist and pharmacy may be liable for your damages.
If you believe that a pharmacist breached their duty of care, you may have a pharmacy malpractice claim in Texas. When pharmacists fail to provide you with a duty of care, you need to pursue a lawsuit in order to collect the compensation you need and deserve.
For help pursuing a pharmacy malpractice lawsuit, please feel free to contact our law firm located in Houston for a free consultation at 888-526-7616, and you can also request a free copy of our book How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.