Millions of Americans visit the pharmacy each year. Often, they have prescriptions from their doctors that need to be filled. Sometimes they go with questions for the pharmacist or with a potentially hazardous combination of medicine that must be dealt with by a pharmacy employee. There is great risk for serious injury with a pharmacy error because of the very potent chemicals involved and the drug interactions that can easily kill a patient.
If you have been injured as a result of a pharmaceutical error, you may be entitled to compensation. For more information, contact the Clearwater medical malparactice lawyer of the Law Offices of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, P.L.L.C. by calling 727-441-9030.
The pharmacist is responsible for effectively and safely filling the prescription as directed by the doctor and, importantly, making sure that the patient understands what they are taking, how it should be taken, and what side effects it can have. It is also critically important that they check with the patient to see if they are taking any other medication to avoid any potential dangerous interactions.
These dangerous interactions can happen with prescription drugs or with other over-the-counter medication that most people think would be completely safe. The pharmacist must step in here and use his or her knowledge to make sure that the patient is not doing something dangerous.
Types of Errors
Pharmacists can make errors by filling prescriptions with the wrong medicine, wrong dosage, or incorrect amounts of medicine. They could also fail to warm the patient of potential side effects or harmful drug interactions.