Medication errors are a common cause of illness and even death in Florida. Approximately 21 percent of medication errors are a result of errors that occurred at the pharmacy. There are several ways to prevent this from happening.
Pharmacies have several safeguards in place to prevent harmful medication errors. Pharmacies utilize special software designed to double-check the medication. Additionally, each prescription is manually checked by a pharmacist before it is dispensed. Pharmacies keep medications carefully organized to prevent confusion.
Patients should do their part to ensure that they receive the correct medication. When a patient picks up their medicine, they are asked if their information is current. Keeping this information current can ensure that medication does not go to the wrong person.
Patients should inform the pharmacist of any medications they are taking and any allergic reactions they have to certain medications. If the patient has been prescribed a medication that they are allergic to, the pharmacist may be able to call the patient's physician to find an alternative for the patient. Pharmacies have a database that checks drug interactions. Keeping medications up-to-date helps ensure that a patient does not receive a medication that could be dangerous for them.
When a pharmacist makes mistakes that result in harm to a patient, the pharmacist may be liable for professional negligence. A person who has been harmed by professional negligence or medical malpractice may benefit from speaking to an attorney. Injured patients might be eligible for compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and any other damages incurred as a result of the mistake.
In some cases, multiple parties may be responsible. A careful review of the medical records by a medical malpractice lawyer may be able to uncover what happened. For example, a medication error at a hospital might be the result of a doctor error, or a nurse may have administered the wrong medication.