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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.

Pharmacists Who Do Not Try to Prevent Prescription Errors Can Cause Harm

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

When your doctor prescribes you a medication and it is filled by your local pharmacy, you may not realize that you face a real danger caused by prescription errors. These mistakes are not rare. Each year, approximately 1.3 million Americans will suffer an injury as a result of a medication error made by a pharmacy or pharmacist. These injuries can often be devastating, and in some cases, may result in death. With so much at stake, pharmacies and pharmacists have an obligation to make efforts to the disbursement of the wrong medication to patients.

Eleven Steps Pharmacists Must Take to Prevent Prescription Errors

In general, the pharmacy and the pharmacist have an obligation to take the following steps in order to prevent a prescription error:

  1. Ensure that the prescription is entered into the computer correctly.
  2. Confirm that the prescription is correct and complete before dispersing.
  3. Provide thorough patient counseling.
  4. Conduct a thorough check of all prescriptions.
  5. Keep the workplace well organized.
  6. Reduce distractions in the workplace to the extent possible.
  7. Make efforts to reduce stress in the workplace.
  8. Ensure that heavy workloads among employees are balanced.
  9. Ensure that drugs are stored properly.
  10. Use extra caution when using zeros and abbreviations for prescriptions.
  11. Use extra caution when dealing with drugs that look and sound alike.

If the pharmacy or pharmacist fails to take any of these steps, the likelihood of a prescription drug error occurring increases. These errors can then lead to devastating injuries to patients taking the improper drug.

If you were injured as a result of a prescription drug error, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. These losses may include medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and physical impairment. To learn more, we encourage you to check out our free book, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.