Modern pharmacies are complex organizations, where pharmacists have to spend significant portions of their time on administrative matters, such as checking health insurance status. This results in pharmacists being overworked and stressed, which can lead to mistakes.
According to the Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association, dispensing errors are a problem on a national level, at a rate of four errors per day in a pharmacy filling 250 prescriptions daily. In one 2003 study of community pharmacies, the error rate was 1.7 percent — equivalent to about 50 million errors during the filling of 3 billion prescriptions each year in the United States.
What is Pharmacy Malpractice?
Pharmacy malpractice occurs when faulty prescribing and filling of prescriptions lead to death or injury in a number of ways, including:
- adverse reactions
- improper drug combinations
- incorrectly filled prescriptions
- denial of necessary medications
In a study for the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, 307 hospital pharmacies were asked to fill 10 different drug orders that had killed patients in 1998. Some contained an overdose, and the remainder were for deadly drug combinations. Shockingly, only four of the 307 pharmacies detected all 10 unsafe orders.
Get the Compassion and Justice You and Your Loved Ones Deserve
If a pharmacy error led to serious health complications for you or someone you love, it is important that you understand your legal rights. The effects of pharmacy malpractice can be long-lasting and even fatal, affecting the victim’s entire family. An experienced and compassionate attorney can help you and your loved ones fight for justice and security.
For more than 40 years, the law firm of Brown & Crouppen has been helping the victims of pharmacy malpractice get the justice they deserve. Our attorneys will work diligently to help you recover money for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering caused by prescription errors.
Every day, Brown & Crouppen fights for the rights of people like you, who may have been the victim of pharmacy malpractice.
It All Starts With a Free Case Evaluation from the Pharmacy Malpractice Attorneys at Brown & Crouppen
Getting started is easy. You can call us at 800-536-4357 for a free consultation, or tell us about your case with our Free Case Review form. And remember, there’s no upfront cost to you — if you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid.