Martin County Pharmacy Error
When prescribing, filling, and administering medication, a minor oversight can result in major complications. Prescription drugs are not available over-the-counter for a reason; they're highly potent and may cause serious negative side effects or trigger dangerous interactions when mixed with other substances.
Unfortunately, powerful medications are not always safe in the hands of doctors, nurses, or pharmacists, either. Prescription errors happen all the time, and when they do, the consequences can be devastating.
If you incurred damages because a negligent healthcare provider made some kind of medication mistake, turn to a pharmacy error lawyer at Donaldson & Weston. We will prepare your case to obtain the maximum recovery whether through settlement or trial. Call 772-266-5555 to schedule a free consultation with a medication error attorney in Martin County.
Read on to learn about some of the most common types of medication errors in Florida:
- Wrong Medication
With so many medications available nowadays, dangerous mix-ups are essentially inevitable. For example, your doctor might prescribe cetirizine, a seasonal allergy drug, but the pharmacist might give you sertraline, an antidepressant, instead. This could happen if someone else reads off the prescription and the pharmacist misunderstands the drug's name while filling it.
At the end of the day, there are two major issues with medication mix-ups. First, the patient does not receive essential treatment for the condition at hand. Second, serious complications can arise if the patient ends up taking medication that he or she does not actually need.
- Wrong Dosage
According to Harvard Health Publishing, approximately 1 in 1,000 filled prescriptions contains the wrong dosage or drug. Receiving the wrong dosage may not seem as dangerous as receiving the wrong medication entirely, but both dosages that are too high and those that are too low can pose life-threatening complications, depending on the circumstances.
- Failure to Warn
Pharmacists have a duty of care to discuss the risks of taking certain drugs when dispensing them. That means even if they fill prescriptions exactly as ordered, they can still be liable for damages if they fail to counsel patients adequately.
For example, they must explain how and when to administer certain medications. They must also warn patients of negative side effects and any potential interactions that can result when mixing the medications with other substances.
When dispensing medication, pharmacists must track not only drugs, dosages, and directions but also names and personal information. If a pharmacist prepares two separate prescriptions exactly as ordered but accidentally switches their labels, neither patient will get what he or she needs. Depending on the circumstances, a mislabeling error can have catastrophic consequences.
If you were the victim of a medication mistake, contact Donaldson & Weston. Our personal injury attorneys understand the physical, financial, and emotional impact of unanticipated health complications.
At the end of the day, everyone deserves quality care, and those who don't get it deserve compensation. Call 772-266-5555 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free case evaluation with a pharmacy error attorney in Martin County.