We expect pharmacists, assistants, and technicians to fill prescriptions properly and offer their expertise regarding proper use.
When negligent pharmacists fail to meet a standard of care, attorney Josh Silverman can help medical malpractice victims seek damages.
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What Is Pharmacy Malpractice? Understanding the Dangers
Standard of Care
Pharmacists are expected to dispense medications in accordance with a doctor's orders. Pharmacists must also check newly prescribed drugs to prevent adverse reactions. Dispensing the proper instructions for use with correct dosage and frequency are obviously also essential.
Malpractice by a pharmacist means they have breached their duty of care. This could mean dispensing the wrong medication, misprinting labels, and any other errors made by assistants and technicians at the pharmacy. These mistakes put patients at risk.
Alarming Numbers Surrounding Medication Errors
The sheer number of people affected by avoidable medication errors each year should be a wake-up call to everyone, from doctors and pharmacists to patients who take prescription drugs.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, an estimated 7 million Americans are affected each year by preventable medication errors. These adverse drug effects cost $21 billion annually.
Different Types of Pharmacy Malpractice
Filling the Wrong PrescriptionWhen a pharmacy dispenses the wrong medication, a patient's health is put at risk. In some cases, a medication mix-up can affect multiple pharmacy customers, leading to adverse health effects.
Incorrect Labeling or DosagePharmacists need to double-check medication labels with the doctor's original prescription to ensure the details and dosage are correct. Labeling errors could lead to a number of health dangers.
Incorrect Instructions for UseMany cases of malpractice arise over medication instructions, from minor errors to a total lack of instructions. Prescription drug patients must know the frequency of use and other crucial information.
Failure to Note Drug ContraindicationsCertain drugs should not be taken together as they can cause adverse medical conditions. This is known as a contraindication. Pharmacists must be mindful to identify potentially fatal drug combinations.
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Josh Silverman is a Richmond, VA, native who's practiced personal injury law in the state for 20 years. He also holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell©, the highest peer review rating awarded by that legal organization. Martindale-Hubbell also selected Mr. Silverman as a Top Rated Lawyer in Healthcare Law in 2015. Mr. Silverman is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.
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Legal Damages in Pharmacy Malpractice Lawsuits
Compensatory damages sought by a malpractice lawyer are intended to cover the material and financial losses associated with an act of negligence. In pharmacy malpractice cases, this includes medical bills, funerary expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and the estimated cost of future medical care stemming from the injury.
Punitive damages are not tied to any material or financial hardships. Instead, these damages punish the negligent party or parties. While rare in medical malpractice lawsuits, punitive damages may be warranted in cases of egregious pharmacy errors. The amount of punitive damages can vary depending on the nature of the case.
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