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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.
How Common is Pharmacy Malpractice?
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.
Types of Pharmacy Malpractice
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:
- Incorrect prescription preparation can happen when medications are not compounded correctly.
- Drug interactions, caused when a patient is prescribed a medication that is contraindicated with another prescription or over-the-counter medication he or she is currently taking.
- Overuse and underuse, which could fail to treat the condition at best, and at worst, cause a fatal overdose.
- Failure to receive drug warnings, either through individual counsel with a pharmacist or in the form of written instructions and cautions included with a medication.
- Incorrect dosage or treatment duration, which can have serious health consequences for the patient.
- Dispensing the wrong medication, perhaps the most serious form of pharmacy malpractice.