Real Help After Pharmacy Negligence In Pennsylvania
Have you been injured because a pharmacy made a critical medication error? To speak with a Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer about pharmacy negligence, contact Hof & Reid LLC.
With offices in Bethlehem and Easton, Pennsylvania, we represent clients throughout Pennsylvania. To schedule a free consultation with an attorney at our firm, call 610-628-2355.
Examples of pharmacy negligence include:
- Failure to take account of adverse drug interactions
- Prescription fill errors (filling the wrong prescription)
- Drug compounding errors
- Dosage errors
Many drugs work fine by themselves but can lead to harmful and even fatal injury if combined with another drug or drugs. Pharmacies have a duty to review patients’ medications with them and inform patients of potential drug interaction dangers.
Prescription Fill Errors
Prescription fill errors occur in two common ways. First, pharmacists fail to properly read the prescription because the doctor has poor handwriting and the pharmacist failed to confirm the correct prescription. Second, pharmacists sometimes fill the wrong prescription because generic drugs have similar names. Because lives are at stake, pharmacists must take adequate precautions to avoid these dangerous mistakes.
Drug Compounding Errors
Compounded medications are made by the pharmacist by mixing together individual ingredients to meet a specific patient’s dosage and strength requirements for an ailment. Compounded medications are different from the drugs manufactured by large pharmaceutical companies in that the pharmacist makes the drug. The compounding pharmacist should work with the patient and the prescriber to customize a medication to meet the patient’s specific needs.
A simple calculation error caused by misplacing or misreading the decimal point in a prescription or medicine can result in an overdose or underdose that causes serious injuries or complications.