Prescription Errors

Pharmacists are required to handle all their prescriptions and duties with care. A good pharmacist should place the patient's well-being first. However, some pharmacists are negligent in their roles. In some cases, pharmacists may make errors in filling their prescriptions. When this happens it's the patient that suffers.

In the United States it is estimated that about 1.5 million adverse drug events occur. Most of these are due to human error by pharmacists. A pharmacist may fill a prescription with the wrong medication or incorrect dosage.

Pharmaceutical malpractice is deadly to the well-being of a person. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate 82 percent of Americans take prescription medications. Additionally, 29 percent take five or more daily. With so many citizens using prescriptions pharmaceutical malpractice is common.

Chicago Attorney for Prescription Errors, IL

Prescription errors can create a lot of stress in your physical and financial life. The personal injury attorneys at Susan E. Loggans & Associates understand the problems it can create. Contact us for an attorney experienced in prescription errors cases.

If a doctor or pharmacist made a prescription error that caused you medical complications, illness, or other damages call Susan E. Loggans & Associates. Our attorneys can discuss with you the possibility of compensation that you deserve. We represent clients all over the Cook County Judicial Circuit including nearby counties such as McHenry County, DuPage County, Grundy County, Will County, Lake County, Cook County, Kane County, and Kankakee County.

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Overview of Prescription Errors in Cook County

Common Mistakes by Pharmacists

The most common errors made by pharmacists are incorrect dosage and filling a prescription with the wrong medication. However, there are still other inaccuracies that pharmacists can make.

Some common pharmacy errors include:

  • Mislabeling products
  • Misfiled prescription or error in reading doctor's prescription
  • Failure to warn the patient of potential drug allergies
  • Failure to identify harmful drug interactions to the patient
  • Failure to provide adequate information regarding the drug
  • Failure to warn the patient of the drug's side effects

A pharmacist may make these mistakes if they are overloaded with prescriptions or the pharmacy puts more emphasis on speed over accuracy. It is true that many pharmacists are overworked. Some do not even get lunch breaks.

Negligence with prescriptions is inexcusable no matter the circumstances. If a person's pharmacist made an error with their medication and it resulted in damage, they should contact a medical malpractice attorney.

Consequences from Pharmaceutical Malpractice

Suffering from medical malpractice is more common that some people think. A pharmacist could possibly make a miscalculation with a prescription.  On the other hand, a doctor or nurse practitioner may write a prescription for the wrong medication, frequency, or dosage.

If a patient experiences a prescription error they could suffer with:

  • Serious Side Effects – If a dose is too high it can result in deadly side effects. The patient may suffer from side effects that they did not expect or were warned about. Some side effects can even result in the patient developing a medical condition.
  • Aggravation of Underlying Medical Condition – A patient may have their medical condition worsened by a prescription error. If the pharmacist, for instance, assigns the wrong drug the patient's medical condition can go untreated. An example can be a diabetes patient. Simple treatment can help a diabetes patient. However, if a diabetes patient is untreated they could develop kidney damage, blindness, or even require amputation.
  • Drug Interactions – If a pharmacist gives a person the wrong prescription, harmful drug interactions can arise. Drug interactions can be as simple as avoiding over-the-counter medications. A patient could suffer with more serious complications and lose the relief they were promised by a doctor.
  • Adverse Reactions – There is a chance that a pharmacist may give you a drug that a patient is allergic to. Allergic reactions can range from slight discomfort to death. If a pharmacist prescribes a drug that the patient is allergic to they may have to seek medical attention.

Additional Resources

House Bill Aims to Increase Pharmacy Safety – Visit the Chicago Tribune's website to read about legislation to improve pharmacy safety. Mary Flowers is sponsoring legislation to reduce pharmacist workload and give harsh penalties to those who failed to warn about prescriptions for potential drug interactions that could be harmful or fatal.

Medication Errors: Prescribing Faults and Prescription Errors – Visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health website. Read Giampaolo P. Velo and Pietro Minuz's article regarding medication errors. Research why they are so common and ways to reduce pharmaceutical malpractice.

Locating a Lawyer for Pharmaceutical Malpractice in Chicago

If you've been harmed by a prescription error you must act fast. First, contact a doctor or hospital to treat any side effects or damage done by the medical mistake. Keep and request all your documentation, and keep the original prescription drugs or bottle. After this, it is best that you contact a personal injury lawyer.

The Chicagoland attorneys at Susan E. Loggans & Associates are experienced in all kinds of medical malpractice. Our esteemed lawyer Susan E. Loggans has received a payout of $15.7 million in a medical malpractice case. Do not let another's negligence result in your suffering. We accept clients throughout Cook County and adjoining counties including Yorkville in Kendal County, Kankakee in Kankakee County, Woodstock in McHenry county, and Geneva in Kane County.

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This article was last updated by Jordan Anderson, on June 21st, 2018.