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5 Common Pharmacist Errors

by Jared Staver in Medical Malpractice

Pharmacists must ensure they fill prescriptions correctly. Unfortunately, some of these errors can lead to devastating consequences for patients. To learn about the five most common pharmacist errors, keep reading below.

If you or a loved one has been hurt by an error that was the result of a pharmacist’s negligence, you should reach out to an experienced Chicago medical malpractice attorney at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. Call us today at (312) 236-2900 to arrange a no-cost consultation.

1. Dispensing the Wrong Medication

Sometimes, a patient’s doctor will prescribe the correct medication, but the pharmacist will fill their prescription with the wrong one. When a patient takes the wrong medication, they won’t be able to treat their condition and may face adverse side effects. The side effects may worsen if they’ve received the wrong medication multiple times.

2. Dispensing the Wrong Dosage

The proper dosage is vital to effectively treat a condition. If a patient’s doctor prescribes the correct dosage of a specific medication and the pharmacist provides the correct medicine in the wrong dosage, the patient may experience severe illness or even death.

3. Failing to Check for Drug Interactions

Pharmacists should make sure that patients aren’t taking drugs that could cause a dangerous interaction. Although technology may be able to check for drug interactions, it’s a pharmacist’s responsibility to review a patient’s records, ask them about their current medications, and inform them if their prescription medications may lead to a negative interaction.

4. Mixing a Medication Incorrectly

Pharmacists often need to mix medications, such as a powder or liquid in a solution. If they mix the wrong components or use the incorrect amount of solution, a patient may receive the wrong medication or dosage and could suffer from debilitating consequences as a result.

5. Mislabeling Medications

Prescription drugs feature labels to warn patients of dangerous side effects. If a patient receives a medication without the proper warning, they may be unaware of a potential side effect and get hurt.

Why Do Medication Errors Occur?

Pharmacists are trained to accurately and promptly dispense medicine based on prescriptions written and signed by doctors. However, they may make mistakes for a variety of reasons. Some of the common causes of pharmacist errors include:

  • Poor handwriting
  • Distractions
  • Staff shortages
  • Inadequate technician assistance
  • Coding mistakes
  • Miscommunications with doctors’ offices

Pharmacist errors may also arise because a pharmacist feels pressure to fill as many prescriptions as possible and disregards accuracy. This is common in pharmacies where pharmacists get rewarded for serving the most patients.

These errors often lead to life-threatening conditions including liver failure, kidney failure, stroke, and paralysis. They may also take an innocent patient’s life. Fortunately, a medical malpractice lawyer can help patients who were hurt by a pharmacist prove negligence and recover damages for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Speak With a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one has suffered from an injury that was caused by a pharmacist error, it’s important to call a Chicago medical malpractice attorney at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. as soon as possible. We can assess your case and may be able to help you recover full and fair compensation.

Contact (312) 236-2900 to schedule a free consultation today.