What Are Some Causes of Pharmacy Malpractice?

Are you concerned about pharmacy malpractice? Here's what you need to know.

When you go to the pharmacy to pick up your medical prescriptions, you're trusting that your pharmacist is handing you the right drugs. Your medical caregivers are supposed to protect you and help heal your body, but sometimes, medical prescription errors can be nightmarish to deal with. In some cases, these mistakes can be deadly. It's important to understand the common causes of pharmacy malpractice so that you can carefully protect yourself from these mistakes. Here are some of the leading causes of prescription errors.

Overworked employees

When a pharmacy has too few employees who are working long hours, the team members may become overworked and overtired. Even great employees can make mistakes when they become exhausted, so it's important to choose a pharmacy that respects its team members and values their time. If a pharmacy technician or pharmacist looks perpetually exhausted, they may be overworked and may be more likely to make mistakes that can impact you and your healthcare experience.

Poor attention to detail

In some cases, employees may have difficult paying attention to what they're doing. Team members who are easily distracted or focused on completely multiple tasks may struggle to pay attention to specific details. This can lead to mistakes that can impact you physically, whether that be giving the wrong medication, the wrong dosage, or something you're allergic to.

Dispensing the wrong medication

One of the most common mistakes pharmacies make is simply dispensing the wrong medication. This can be caused by a number of factors, including not carefully reviewing a patient's information before giving out a specific drug. When you receive a medication, make sure it looks the way that the pharmacist and the doctor described it. The interior insert from the medication company should also describe what the medication looks like. If there's a discrepancy, talk to the pharmacist before taking the medication.

Giving the incorrect dosage

If a pharmacist is not paying attention, they may give out the wrong dosage. This can be particularly harmful since too little of a medication means your body won't heal or your symptoms may be exacerbated. On the other hand, giving too much of a certain medication means you'll be more likely to experience physical side effects due to receiving the incorrect dose.

Labeling mistakes

Always double-check your prescription label when you receive a medication. Make sure that the label on the bottle or package of medication matches the exterior bag. You should also double check with the pharmacist before you leave the pharmacy. Labeling mistakes are another common problem. If someone places the wrong label on a prescription, you may receive someone else's medication entirely.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of medical malpractice due to pharmacy errors, make sure you reach out to a medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer can help you understand what your legal options are and can assist you in learning how you can move forward from this situation.

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