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When you need medication to treat a condition or ailment, you rely on the service of a pharmacist and their staff to measure and dispense this medication properly. But what happens if a pharmacist or their staff makes a preventable error? This is where pharmacy malpractice can occur, and it can have a devastating impact on patients and their loved ones.
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What to Know About Pharmacy Malpractice Cases
Pharmacy malpractice falls under the umbrella of medical malpractice and occurs when a pharmacist or pharmacy technician fails to perform their duties competently and properly. Thousands of people are impacted by pharmacy malpractice every year, and the effects can cause serious health complications or even be fatal. In fact, the U.S. Federal Drug Administration receives over 100,000 reports annually associated with suspected or confirmed medication errors. Many of these cases can be linked back to the individual or team responsible for dispensing the medications properly.
What Is Pharmacy Malpractice?
Pharmacy malpractice can occur as a result of negligence, which often takes many forms. The staff in a pharmacy may disregard safety protocols and procedures when filling medication orders, putting the people who take those medications at risk. Poor communication between staff members can also result in malpractice, as can a lack of understanding of the products being dispensed and how they should be used safely and properly.
Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can be associated with a number of errors that cause these issues to occur, such as:
- Mixing up patients and/or their prescriptions
- Dosing errors
- Failure to provide counsel to patients
- Prescribing medications without a valid license
- Distributing the wrong medication
Regardless of the situation, if you or a loved one has been impacted by pharmacy malpractice, the effects may diminish your ability to provide for your family's needs or even care for your own. In severe cases, pharmacy malpractice can lead to a preventable death.
What Can Happen as a Result of Pharmacy Malpractice?
Taking the wrong medication or an improper dosage can result in serious health issues. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, adverse drug events are linked to an estimated $3.5 billion in healthcare costs every year. Not only do these errors cost the healthcare system a lot of money, but they can also cause health conditions requiring extensive medical care and even preventable death.
Some of the injuries and health concerns associated with pharmacy malpractice include:
- Accidental overdose
- Allergic reactions, sometimes causing severe complications
- Organ failure
- Pregnancy complications or birth defects
An issue may arise immediately after taking a medication improperly or taking the wrong medication, or it could take years to develop.
Who Is Responsible for Pharmacy Malpractice?
Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are most likely to be held responsible for malpractice related to medication reactions, improper dispensing, or other errors that cause adverse reactions. However, a prescribing physician may have prescribed the medication incorrectly, such as by providing the wrong dosage or improper instructions. When reviewing the medical records, a pharmacy malpractice lawyer can work to determine who is at fault for the resulting injuries.
How a Pharmacy Malpractice Lawyer Can Help With Your Case
If you believe that you or a loved one was a survivor of pharmacy malpractice, you have a right to take legal action against the responsible party. That party should be held responsible for the damages inflicted upon you or your loved one, as well as others impacted by the incident. However, it is challenging to manage the tasks associated with taking legal action on your own. When you partner with experienced and supportive pharmacy malpractice lawyers, you can rely on your legal team to handle these tasks and navigate the complex legal process.
Meet the Janet, Janet & Suggs’ Medical Malpractice Team
Howard Janet has uncovered medical mistakes that other lawyers have missed and represented clients throughout much of the country, recovering record-breaking results. He has authored multiple books, including Navigating a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit, Representing Plaintiffs in Medical Malpractice Cases as lead author and Patients’ Rights and Doctors’ Wrongs—Secrets to a Safer Pregnancy and Childbirth, which he co-authored with Dr. Giles Manley.
Ken Suggs served as president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now known as the American Association of Justice), the leading national plaintiff’s bar association, and has been a relentless advocate for his clients for over 40 years.
Dr. Giles Manley is a board-certified physician who practiced medicine for 20 years before becoming a medical malpractice attorney. He has won a number of seven-figure verdicts on behalf of his clients, combining his medical knowledge and legal experience to secure monumental victories for his clients.
Gerald Jowers represents patients who have been harmed by medical malpractice, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices, recovering extraordinary results for clients and their families at the settlement table and in the courtroom.
Locations We Serve
At Janet, Janet & Suggs, we have a team of medical malpractice lawyers that serves clients throughout Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Why Choose Janet, Janet & Suggs for Your Pharmacy Malpractice Case?
When you partner with JJS for your pharmacy malpractice case, you are treated with respect and support throughout the entire experience. Our legal team sees you as an individual who has been impacted by another person's negligence, and we will fight for your rights to get you the compensation you deserve. Additionally, we keep you informed throughout the legal process to help you make smart decisions as you go through the legal process.
We have worked with thousands of clients over our more than 40 years of legal experience, including with clients who have been impacted by pharmacy malpractice:
- $4.5 million settlement obtained for mismanagement of medication, which led to brain damage and seizures
- $2 million verdict obtained for the wrongful death of a child who had complications from brain damage caused by medication overdose given to treat condition associated with premature birth
To learn more about how we can help with your pharmacy malpractice case, request your free consultation.