Frequently our blogs cover incidents of negligence committed by doctors, nurses and other direct care providers. However, medical malpractice applies to all types of healthcare providers, including pharmacists, who handle the preparation of our prescription medications. Where pharmacists do not use the care and diligence required, and cause injury to a patient as a result, they too can be held liable for medical malpractice.
According to a report by the Cook County Record, one woman is suing CVS Pharmacy for allegedly providing the incorrect dosage of her prescription. Her attorneys filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court claiming that she suffered a GI bleed that required emergency medical care after the pharmacy provided her with the wrong dosage and instructions of a medication following a laparoscopic procedure. Her lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $50,000.
Every day, thousands of people in and around the Chicago area rely on local pharmacies to fill and dispense prescription medications. Pharmacy patrons trust that the medications they are diligently prepared in the correct dosage, and safe for their individual use. However, pharmaceutical medication errors occur when pharmacists or pharmacy technicians provide the wrong medications or incorrect dosages to the patient. When these mistakes occur, patients are at risk for serious injury or even death. In most cases, pharmacy customers put their full and complete trust in the pharmacist and assume that the medications they are given are safe to use. Therefore, people are often unaware of any error until after they have taken the medication.
Pharmaceutical errors and negligence can come in several forms. These include errors in administering the medication (such as the wrong dose or type), mistakes in filling the prescription, incorrect labels, and failing to provide patients with instructions or guidance on proper use of the medication. Such errors can result in very serious medical complications, injuries, or death. In order to protect yourself and your loved ones, our lawyers recommend that you always check the dosage information and compare it to your doctor’s instructions to make sure dosing is correct. You can also go online and confirm that the medication you received is correct by using an online pill identifier. You can type in physical characteristics of the pills you were given to confirm that you have the correct medication. Web MD has a pill identification tool that is easy to use and can help give you peace of mind.
If you or a family member has suffered serious injuries as a result of a pharmaceutical medication error, you can seek legal assistance to protect your rights and help you achieve compensation for your losses and suffering. Our attorneys are experienced in handling all types of medical malpractice lawsuits and would be happy to discuss your legal options with you.