Millions of Americans take prescription medications to treat various health
conditions. Most people will need to visit a pharmacy to have these prescriptions
filled. However, pharmacists or their staff members can make mistakes
that cause serious harm to their customers. In such cases, it may be possible
for victims of pharmacy negligence to file lawsuits.
Pharmacies could be held liable for mistakes that include:
Dispensing the incorrect medication: Pharmacists may dispense the incorrect medication. For example, a child
patient could be seriously harmed if they were given a medication only
meant for adults.
Dispensing the wrong dosage: In cases where pharmacists provide the incorrect dosage, patients may not
realize any of the benefits of the medications they were prescribed. Overdoses
are also a possibility.
Failing to warn of interactions: Depending on the state and circumstances, pharmacies may be liable for
failing to warn patients of potential drug interactions.
Medication mistakes can have horrific consequences for patients and their
families. In fact, we recently
published a blog describing how a medication mistake caused a woman’s skin to melt
away. Depending on the type of pharmacy error and the medications involved,
patients can also lose their lives. For instance, in a case last year
a Colorado pharmacy dispensed the wrong dosage of Clonidine to an 8-year-old
boy. In this case, the patient experienced severe brain swelling and died.
It turns out the pharmacy had dispensed 1,000 times the normal dosage.
Can I File a Lawsuit for Pharmacy Negligence?
Whether it is possible to file a lawsuit for pharmacy negligence depends
on the circumstances. However, if you or a loved one were harmed by a
pharmacy mistake, then it is crucial to speak with an attorney. Damages from a verdict
or settlement could help pay for some of the costs associated with catastrophic
injuries or wrongful death.
Washington DC pharmacy malpractice attorneys at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC have a long history of fighting for clients
who were harmed by medical negligence.