What to do when your pharmacy makes a mistake

Medical malpractice is easy to understand — a doctor makes a mistake and the patient suffers illness or injury. But did you know the term “medical malpractice” can apply to any member of the medical profession, including pharmacists?

Think about it: A simple pharmacy mistake could leave you with the wrong medication, the wrong dosage instructions, or any number of serious complications. And just like doctors and surgeons, pharmacists are legally responsible for these mistakes.

Some of the most common pharmacy mistakes are:

· Giving patients the wrong medication entirely.

· Failing to notice a negative reaction between to prescribed medications.

· Misreading the doctor’s prescription and filling it incorrectly.

· Giving the patient the right medication with the wrong dosage instructions.

If your pharmacy makes a mistake, take these steps:

· Contact your doctor or call 911 immediately if you suffer serious side effects from a medication error.

· Keep all labels, bottles, receipts, and paperwork from your pharmacists.

· Make a list of all medications you received and which ones you were taking before the mistake.

· Maintain records of your treatment after the error, including doctors reports.

After a serious medical mistake, you can seek financial compensation for your damages. This includes medical bills, suffering, pain, missed work (lost wages), and more. If you lost a loved one because your pharmacist made a mistake, you can seek financial compensation on his/her behalf.

Pharmacy errors are more common than you think.

According to the National Patient Safety Foundation, about pharmacists fill (dispense) about 30 million faulty prescriptions every year. That’s about 1 to 5% of all prescriptions, US News claims. In other words, pharmacy errors are more common than you think. While some — if not many — of these mistakes go unnoticed, others have serious consequences, including personal injury and wrongful death.