Pharmacists play an essential role in keeping us all healthy, and as patients, we place a great deal of trust in our pharmacists to ensure that the medication we are taking is truly what is best for us. Pharmacists are responsible for filling prescriptions and ensuring that there are no dangerous conflicts between different medications, and when pharmacists are negligent in this duty, causing injury or fatality, Rinehardt Law Firm will help families hold pharmacies responsible, giving you the answers that you deserve. We work closely with medical experts to ensure that you receive everything that you are entitled to in the case of pharmacy errors or misfills.
A medication error is a failure in the treatment process that leads to, or has the potential to lead to, harm to the patient. Medication errors can occur in many areas of the treatment process, including dispensing the formulation (wrong drug/wrong label), administering the medicine (wrong dose, wrong route, wrong frequency, wrong duration), or failing to provide adequate instructions regarding the use of a drug. Many medication errors happen when pharmacists fail to adhere to specific rules regarding the filling and verification of prescriptions. Often, corporate employers require pharmacy personnel to meet a certain quota of prescriptions each day, resulting in many pharmacists working too quickly. Unfortunately, many pharmacies emphasize quantity over quality, which means that mistakes are easily made.
According to QJM: An International Journal of Medicine, an estimated 3 billion prescriptions are dispensed each year in the United States, and around 50 million of these prescriptions contain errors (50,000 of these errors are considered serious/life-threatening) and there is evidence that the number of deaths from pharmacy errors is increasing.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that up to 82% of Americans take at least one prescription medicine, and 29% of these take five or more medications. With such a large number of Americans taking prescription medicine, frequently more than one at a time, there is a high risk of danger when these drugs are not handled with proper care by pharmacists.
The consequences of taking the wrong medication or the wrong dosage can be devastating to both patients and their families. In many circumstances, a pharmacy misfill or error can result in a patient’s serious injury or wrongful death. In order to recover damages for a pharmacy error or misfill, we work with you to prove that the pharmacy acted negligently, and the first step to proving negligence is showing that the pharmacy owes you a duty of care. We work to prove this by showing that the pharmacy failed to act within the ordinary care and skill that a pharmacist from the same geographic area (Mansfield/Columbus) would use when handling the prescription for a patient similar to yourself in age, gender, and medical conditions. Then, the attorneys here at Rinehardt Law Firm will show that the pharmacy failed to meet this duty of care, and that this failure was the direct cause of your injuries.
If you have suffered an injury related to a pharmacist or pharmacy error, save all of the medications and packaging and contact our personal injury attorneys as soon as possible.