Whenever you go to the pharmacy to fill a prescription, you are entrusting the pharmacist with your life. Although pharmacy malpractice in Houston is rare, if you have been injured by a mistake made by a pharmacist, it’s important to find a medical malpractice attorney who has experience handling such cases. You deserve to work with a lawyer who listens to your story and helps you get the compensation you’re entitled to for your injury.
Despite being regulated by the Food And Drug Administration (FDA), in many cases, clinical trials for drugs are not long enough to discover the adverse side-effects before they are put on the market; this can cause serious side-effects or long-term damage to a person. The use of these pharmaceutical drugs can sometimes lead to death. The FDA plays a regulatory role in approving and monitoring the safety of a drug after its approval; however, in the end, it is the company that produces the drug and places it on the market that is responsible for any injuries or deaths that the medication may cause.
The Institute of Medicine attributes several thousand deaths annually to medication-related errors, with over 1.5 million people harmed by preventable errors in some way. Indeed, medication errors are the most common type of error in the health care setting. A national observational study found an error rate of 1.7% in the community pharmacies it observed. This percentage may seem negligible until one considers that three billion prescriptions are filled in the United States each year, so this 1.7% error rate translates to 50 million prescriptions dispensed incorrectly.
Pharmacy malpractice entails more than simply giving patients the wrong medication. A personal injury lawyer can provide you with legal representation in the following situations: