When you get your medication at a pharmacy, you expect a pharmacist to adhere to the highest standard of care and do his or her job with no flaws whatsoever.
We trust pharmacists and doctors so much that we rarely even think that they could make a mistake and that this mistake could either aggravate our injuries or medical condition or even cost us our life.
Yes, it is true that everyone makes mistakes, but mistakes made by pharmacists can have dire consequences, which is why we invited our Cooper City medical malpractice attorney from the Law Offices of Bradley Hartman to outline some of the most common mistakes made by pharmacists in Florida.
If you think pharmaceutical mistakes are no big deal, you may be surprised to find out that each year, a whopping more than 1.3 million Americans sustain injuries from mistakes made by pharmacists.
Common pharmaceutical mistakes made by negligent pharmacists in Florida
As you may recall, we have recently discussed in our blog that pharmacy negligence or any pharmaceutical mistakes fall within the scope of the legal theory of medical malpractice. Believe it or not, you may be able to sue the negligent pharmacist if his/her pharmaceutical mistake caused or aggravated your injury or illness.
Our experienced medical malpractice attorney in Cooper City says that these are the most common mistakes made by pharmacists in the United States:
- Giving wrong medication. It is not surprising that medications can be mixed up even by the most experienced pharmacists. After all, there are millions of different medications available on the market, and it is nearly impossible to know all of them. It does not make things easier that many of them sound the same. Medical malpractices cases in which a negligent pharmacist gave an injured patient medication that looks similar or has a similar name to the prescribed drug are not unheard of. On top of that, doctors have notoriously bad handwriting, which makes this mistake even more common than you think.
- Giving improper dosage. The number of pills you take can either cure you or kill you. This is true for many medications, which is why ensuring that you are taking a correct dosage of a medication is critical. However, some pharmacists give improper dosage requirements, which can not only disrupt an injured patient’s recovery but also aggravate his/her injuries or even lead to death.
- Giving expired medication. Like food, medications have an expiry date, and pharmacies in Cooper City, Pembroke Pines and all across Florida have a legal duty to check and toss expired drugs. Oftentimes, pharmacists are not organized well enough, which is why the mistake of selling expired medication is possible. Needless to say, taking expired drugs can cause serious damage to your health.
- Providing incorrect or missing instructions. Many pharmacists assume that patients know how to administer the medications they are taking, but Florida law requires pharmacists to give patients specific instructions on how to take the medication that is being sold. Before taking any prescription medication, double-check with the pharmacist or your physician on how to administer the drug.
- Failure to check the patient’s medical history. A pharmacist is required to check a patient’s medical history and take all factors into account, including but not limited to the patient’s allergies to certain ingredients or drugs, before administering prescriptions. While it is not necessary for many medications, some drugs can put a patient’s life at risk or cause injury.
If you believe that a pharmacist made a mistake, do not hesitate to consult with our Cooper City medical malpractice attorney at the Law Offices of Bradley Hartman. Get a free consultation by calling at 954-438-1000 or complete this contact form. You may be entitled to recover damages from the negligent pharmacy.