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When Are Pharmacies Liable for Medication Mistakes?

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 4-Sep-2017

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.

The Washington DC pharmacy malpractice attorneys at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC have a long history of fighting for clients who were harmed by medical negligence.

Categories: Medical Malpractice
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