Pharmacy Malpractice Lawyer
We understand that filing a claim against a pharmacist or a pharmacy can be a confusing and daunting task. Pharmacy malpractice claims are very specialized in nature and complex without proper legal aid.
General background information as it relates to pharmacy malpractice: In the United States alone, nearly 2.5 billion prescriptions were dispensed by 1998. An example of pharmacy malpractice is evident via a staggering statistic in Massachusetts: 2.4 million prescriptions are filled improperly each year. Per year, the death toll ranges anywhere from from 44,000 to 98,000 as a result to pharmacy malpractice. A pharmacy is a busy and bustling place that has many characteristics that make it prone to error. The busy nature of a pharmacy can directly result in prescription error, such as: heavy workloads, on-going distractions via phones and customers, poor penmanship by physicians and inadequate technical assistance.
According to a study conducted by the Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company, errors were attributed to:
- The wrong drug being dispensed
- The wrong strength being dispensed
- The wrong directions being given
Who Is Liable?
By law, a pharmacist who is responsible for officially filling a prescription may be liable for incorrectly filling a prescription that leads to injury or death. Additionally, any pharmacist aid or clerical co-workers working in accordance with the pharmacist who failed to act in accordance can potentially be liable.
if you feel that your prescription has been mishandled at the hands of a pharmacist resulting in serious injury or worse, feel free to contact the professionals at Haug Law today.