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Types of Errors

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 to prevent prescription errors

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

Efforts to reduce medication errors in the United States

Studies have shown that the number of medication errors are extremely underreported in the United States. The danger of prescription error has always been present, but after a report issued by the Institute of Medicine in 1999, the American public was made aware of just how widespread prescription error is.

  • The report stated that between 44,000 and 98,000 deaths resulted from hospital medical errors and over 7,000 deaths were related to medication error.

After this report, the medical and pharmacy sectors made error prevention a priority and several agencies came together to monitor quality control in these industries, including:

  • The Federal Drug Administration,
  • the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 
  • the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and 
  • the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Proposed regulation changes to reduce prescription errors.

To reduce errors in medications with sound-alike names, the FDA reviews drug names before they are put on the market to consumers.

 

  • Recommendations for error reduction: The FDA tracks errors of similar-sounding drug names and publishes reports on them along with recommendations for reducing errors.
  • Safety reporting: The FDA proposes to enhance safety reporting of drugs on the market. The proposed changes would require reports for important potential medication errors.

Unfortunately, despite the regulations in place, the rates of prescription errors in the nation are startling. Recent figures estimate that 1.3 million people are injured each year because of medication-related errors. Lawsuits help reduce the rate of prescription errors.

You can help prevent medication errors from happening to others by filing a lawsuit for prescription errors against corporations like Walgreens, CVS or other pharmacies.

A common assumption that people often make is to think that their claim would fall on deaf ears: most pharmacies are large corporations and one lawsuit would just be ignored. But this is not true: filing a lawsuit is the only way to make these businesses listen and take notice.

Pharmacies are in the business of making money; their biggest concern is their bottom line, not consumer safety. But one error by a pharmacist can cause severe injuries or even death.

How to make pharmacies take accountability for errors

There is no federal requirement for pharmacies to report medication errors, even those that result in serious injury or death. By filing a lawsuit against the parties responsible you are making them take accountability for violating a duty of care that is owed to you.
Order our FREE book, written by personal injury attorneys, to learn more.
 
If you have questions about pharmacy lawsuits, order our FREE book, "How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors," to get answers. You can also call our board certified attorneys at 888-526-7616 to start your free case review today.