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Pharmacy / Prescription Error

Each year in the United States, an estimated 30 million pharmacy dispensing errors occur. These types of mistakes result in approximately 7,000 patient deaths and thousands more serious complications each year. Some pharmacy errors are harmless and result in no injury to the patient. However, patients have died or suffered life-threatening injuries when pharmacy employees mistook one drug for another with a similar name, misread a physician’s handwriting, or dispensed the incorrect dosage to the patient.

Many pharmacy errors are blamed on overworked pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who are under pressure as workloads become increasingly demanding. Being pressed to fill hundreds of prescriptions every day decreases the amount of time that pharmacists and technicians devote to filling each prescription.

The most common types of pharmacy and dispensing errors include:
» Dispensing the wrong medication
» Dispensing the incorrect dosage
» Failure by a pharmacist or pharmacy technician to give consumers instructions for taking the medication

If you or a loved one has suffered due to pharmacy error, you may have important legal rights. Give us a call to help.  

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