Pharmacies and pharmacists are critical members of the medical community whom we entrust with our health and our lives. While doctors may be responsible for diagnosing a disease and prescribing treatment, it is the role of a pharmacist to ensure that the patient receives the correct type and dosage of medication.
If a pharmacist fails to properly fill a prescription, the result can be injury or even death. When a pharmacist negligently fills a prescription, he or she may be liable for the resulting injury or death.
Claims for pharmacy liability generally arise when a pharmacy fails to uphold the proper standard of care when filling and dispensing prescription drugs. This can manifest in several harmful, and sometimes deadly, ways:
- Giving the wrong drug to a patient
- Filling an order in the wrong dosage amount
- Failing to acknowledge a patient’s drug allergies
- Failing to recognize and prevent potential drug-drug interactions
- Failing to recognize and prevent potential drug-disease contraindications
- Failing to recognize an incorrect dosage and take steps to avoid harm to the patient
- Failing to properly counsel a patient regarding potential side-effects, risks and proper usage of a prescription medication
The attorneys at RPWB have taken on large, corporate pharmacies on behalf of our clients. If you or someone you love suffered serious personal injury or a loved one died because of pharmacy negligence, please contact one of RPWB’s pharmacy liability attorneys.