Pharmacy Error Lawyers

PHARMACY LAW BLOG Subscribe to ou RSS Feed

Drug Error Prevention

  • Pharmacy robots are filling your prescriptions - do you know the prescription error rate?
  • Unintentional drug overdose is leading cause of death
  • Do you take five or more medications? How a brown paper bag has helped patients with chronic conditions.

View All

Learning Center

Drug Error Prevention

View All

Blog Category:

Drug Error Prevention

Comments (0)

New pharmacy error study may shed light on true number of medication errors.

Pharmacy error studiesThere is a new pilot program being conducted in New Zealand, which could reveal information on the number of medication errors outside hospitals and why they happen. The program, called Medication Error Reporting and Prevention, is funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Health and about 40 pharmacists and 40 doctors will voluntarily provide information, including,

  • recording all medication errors that do not involve blood products 
  • giving feedback on why they think the errors were made and 
  • reporting on how they believe the error could be prevented in the future.


The program will end in May and it is hoped that it will shed light on the true number of medication errors and help make patients safer.

Pharmacies are not legally required to document errors
American pharmacies are not required to document all errors made in the dispensing of medications to patients. Reporting is voluntary.

Often, pharmacists are not even told of a medication mistake until there is a lawsuit involving them, or the State Board of Pharmacy sends them a Letter of Inquiry or Concern, or they are actually disciplined by a state board.

Why Are Medication Errors so Prevalent?
There are many reasons for pharmacy errors, including:


  • Tired, overworked and rushed pharmacists and technicians
  • Bad handwriting and transcription on scripts
  • Failure to communicate between pharmacist and doctor
  • Failure to cross-check for any contraindications or allergies by both pharmacist and doctor.


There are many other reasons why medication mistakes occur in both the community (pharmacy) and the institutional (hospital/nursing facility) setting. Errors can happen anywhere in the chain of care. No matter the reasons given for errors by your health care team, they have a duty to you to make sure your medicines are safe for you as much as they can.

If you or someone you love is harmed by a medication error, you should consult a lawyer before talking to the pharmacy or their insurance adjuster. 
You may have a legitimate claim against the pharmacy, the doctor or the hospital. If you want to know how to take action against prescription errors you can order our FREE book to learn more about pharmacy claims. You can then contact our board certified attorneys to review your case free of charge. Contact our office 24/7 by sending us a confidential contact form or by calling 888-526-7616.

Share your pharmacy mistake story here by leaving a comment below.

There are no comments.

Post a comment

Post a Comment to "New pharmacy error study may shed light on true number of medication errors."

To reply to this message, enter your reply in the box labeled "Message", hit "Post Message."


Email:* (will not be published)



Notify me of follow-up comments via email.

For security purposes, please enter the graphic text in the box below: [hit F5 if you can not read the text]

Contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation about your employment law needs.




Tell us more:*

Kennedy Hodges LLP

711 W. Alabama Street
Houston, Texas 77006
Phone: 713-523-0001
Fax: 713-523-1116
Toll Free: 888-526-7616
Get Directions

Galvin B. Kennedy
Galvin B. Kennedy
View lawyer's profile
David Wayne Hodges
David Wayne Hodges
View lawyer's profile

follow us on:

  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • YouTube


  • When I went to the pharmacy to pick up my prescription the pharmacy put two different medications in the bottle, including one I was not supposed to take...
  • A pharmacy gave me the wrong instructions on some medication for my son and he got sick. I needed legal help and even though they were in a different state than where I live they were able to take my case...

View All