Pharmacy Errors & Malpractice in Cleveland
Consequences of Medication Errors
In any hospital, adverse drug events because of medication errors can cause:
- side effects;
- drug interactions; and
Patients who suffer an adverse drug event as a result of a medication error in a hospital – whether related to pharmacy malpractice or not – are hospitalized for up to 12 days longer, compared to patients who suffer no drug interactions, according to a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
That increases the cost of hospitalization. In the most severe cases, some patients may die because of a medication error whether related to incorrect prescription or errors at the pharmacy.
Types of Pharmacist Malpractice
There are two major types of pharmacist errors that occur: mechanical errors and judgment errors. Mechanical errors occur when there is a mistake in prescription processing and preparation:
- dispensing the wrong medication;
- dispensing the wrong dosage of medication;
- failure to provide directions;
- providing the wrong directions;
- dispensing the wrong quantity; and
- dispensing the wrong dosage form (orally, intravenously or by other means).
Judgment errors occur when there is failure to use discretion in counseling:
- lack of counseling;
- incorrect counseling;
- failure to monitor and identify drug interactions; and
- failure to conduct proper drug use review.
Causes of Pharmacist Malpractice
There are a number of factors that could increase a person's risk of making a mistake or an error during prescription processing.
These factors include:
- high workload;
- telephone calls;
- lack of support or oversight;
- similar drug names;
- high volume of prescriptions (as in a busy hospital setting);
- lack of time for counseling;
- illegible prescriptions; and
Compensation for Pharmacist Malpractice
Any pharmacist malpractice claim in Cleveland can hold the pharmacist who filled out the prescription, the pharmacy where the error occurred, and/or the hospital or clinic where the pharmacy is located, liable for damages.
Persons, who have suffered an injury as a result of pharmacy errors, can recover compensation for:
- medical expenses;
- emotional pain and suffering; and
- loss of earnings.
If you have suffered an injury as a result of pharmacist malpractice or negligence, you may qualify for compensation. Call 877-864-9495 to speak with a Cleveland attorney at Ryan, LLP, or fill out our online evaluation form
and we will contact you.
About the author of this article: Thomas Ryan