Types of Pharmacy Error Cases We Handle
Each pharmacy error claim is unique, so it’s essential that the attorney you hire is well-versed in the relevant case law and statutes. At Donaldson & Weston, we have a history of success in these cases and know the most effective strategies to employ at each stage of the proceedings.
Read on to learn about the types of pharmacy error claims we handle:
- Dosage Errors: Depending on the circumstances, dispensing the wrong medication dosage could be fatal. While many prescription overdoses are caused by abuse, they can also result from dosage errors made by pharmacists. Underdosage can also have devastating consequences. The patient’s symptoms might progress and possibly lead to a more serious condition.
- Failing to Consider Drug Interactions: If you weren’t asked about the medications you’re already taking or if the pharmacist dispensed two medications that have adverse interactions but didn’t explain those interactions to you, the pharmacist (or their employer) may be liable for your damages.
- Dispensing the Wrong Medication: This is one of the most common pharmacy errors, and it’s also one of the most dangerous. Dispensing the wrong medication can result in drug interactions and allergic reactions while also allowing the patient’s condition to worsen. These errors can happen if your name was put on the wrong medication or the pharmacist mixed up your medication with that of another patient. Pharmacists are required to exercise due diligence to prevent confusing two medications with similar names, such as such as Provigil and Plaquenil or Doribax and Zovirax.
- Inadequate Instructions: Even if you received the correct medication and dosage, you might still have suffered unexpected side effects if the pharmacist didn’t provide adequate instructions. Taking some medications at the wrong time of day, with/without food, or too frequently/infrequently can have devastating consequences.
- Failing to Consider the Patient’s Allergies: Doctors and pharmacists should be aware of a patient’s allergies before prescribing and dispensing medications. It's not uncommon for patients to be allergic to antibiotics, chemotherapy drugs, antiseizure drugs, muscle relaxants, and many other kinds of medications.
- Failing to Check with the Doctor About an Unclear Prescription: Doctors have notoriously bad handwriting. Although many physicians have resorted to writing digital prescriptions to prevent pharmacy errors, it’s still common practice for prescriptions to be handwritten. When a pharmacist fails to check with a doctor about an unclear prescription and makes an error as a result, that pharmacist may be liable for any damages incurred by the patient.
- Other Pharmacy Error Cases: There are many ways that a pharmacist or pharmacy can breach the duty of care owed to patients. Our pharmacy error attorneys in Florida have extensive experience handling these cases and can make sure you’re well-represented though every stage of the proceedings.
Under some circumstances, the employer of a pharmacist (such as Rite Aid, CVS, or Walgreens) may be held vicariously liable for the damages caused by the pharmacist’s negligence. One of our pharmacy error lawyers can thoroughly investigate your claim to identify all potentially liable parties.