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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.

Walgreens Pharmacy Misfills Can Make Patients Sicker Instead of Healthier

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

When dropping off and picking up a prescription from your local Walgreens pharmacy, do you ever stop to consider that a prescription error could occur? Unfortunately, medication mistakes and pharmacy errors happen every day across this nation. In fact, according to the Institute of Medicine, over 1.5 million people are harmed every year due to pharmacy and medication errors, which equates to about 4,000 people injured every single day across this nation.

These numbers are staggering to say the least and may hit close to home. Unfortunately, pharmacy errors can occur at your local Walgreens, CVS, Rite-Aid, Target, Wal-Mart, and other neighborhood pharmacies, as well as hospital pharmacies. It may not seem believable that the Walgreens pharmacist upon whom you rely to fill your prescription could make a mistake, but pharmacists are human and do make errors, such as:

  • Filling the wrong medication
  • Filling the correct medication but the wrong dosage
  • Mislabeling the prescription
  • Providing the wrong instructions
  • Dispensing a prescription to the wrong customer

When any one of these pharmacy misfills and medication errors occur, patients can suffer. While certain mistakes may ultimately not affect some customers, other pharmacy errors can cause injuries to patients’ health and possibly even kill someone after they ingest the wrong medication or the take an incorrect dosage. When pharmacists hand out medication that makes customers sicker instead of healthier, they can be held liable for their wrong actions.

Even though pharmacies indicate that patient safety is their priority, most pharmacies push their pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to fill prescriptions in a shorter amount of time. This means that pharmacists may be rushing to fill or check prescriptions, which could lead to an eventual error when filling such a high quantity of prescriptions every day.

Pharmacists are supposed to check that a prescription is correct, that it is going to the correct customer, that there are no dangerous medication interactions, and that customers know when and how to take their medications. When pharmacists stop offering counseling and advice to customers to save time and fill more prescriptions, one may wonder, what else are they doing to save time?

Unfortunately, the cause of many pharmacy errors and medicine mistakes often boils down to pharmacies prioritizing quantity over quality and the accuracy of each prescription. If the corporate culture in pharmacies were to change to value quality of customer care over quantity, then pharmacy errors will be reduced and patient safety will be increased.

If you have been harmed due to a pharmacy misfill, mistake, or error, you should contact a knowledgeable pharmacy malpractice attorney regarding your Walgreens pharmacy error claim. Call Kennedy Hodges to speak with an experienced lawyer who has successfully represented many individuals who have suffered the results of pharmacy errors. Call 888-526-7616 for a free consultation today, and to request a free copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.