A recent study estimated that American pharmacists make 56 million prescription errors every year—and as many as 100,000 people die annually as a result of medical errors. There are agencies working to reduce the number of deaths caused by medication errors in Texas, putting failsafe measures in place and holding pharmacies accountable for mistakes.
But as experienced Houston pharmacy error attorneys, we can tell you that there is a difference between apologizing for a mistake and taking responsibility for it.
After a recent lawsuit, a Walgreens spokesperson responded to a nearly-fatal mistake by saying consumers should always double-check their packages.
"We encourage patients to become knowledgeable about their medications and know what their medications are and what they look like," the Walgreens administrator said. "Walgreens includes on the patient information sheet a picture showing the shape of the pill and any markings on it. This is a valuable reference tool patients can use to check their medicine when they're home or after they may have put the pills in another container."
While this is good advice, many pharmacies will fall back on this excuse as a way to blame the victim for the pharmacy’s mistake. It costs nothing for a pharmacist to apologize for this “simple mistake”—but the only way to hold pharmacies responsible is to hit them where it hurts: their wallets.
For more information, order our free book, "How to Make Pharmacies Pay for your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors," or call Kennedy Hodges at 888-526-7616 for a free consultation.
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