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Pharmacy Errors in South Florida

When you are sick, you trust that you will receive the right medicine to treat your illness and prevent complications from occurring. When a mistake is made in filling the medication you need, serious injuries can occur. In some cases, these mistakes can result in death.

It is estimated that medication errors harm more than 1.5 million patients a year. While some of these errors are due to a doctor's or nurse’s negligence, many are due to errors that occur in the pharmacy.

Overworked and understaffed pharmacists may:

  • Cut corners when filing medications
  • Fail to double check prescriptions
  • Ignore safety protocols

How to Identify Pharmaceutical Errors

When a doctor makes a diagnosis, he or she will often turn to prescription medications to help you heal. This could be in the form of an oral medication or a more potent IV medication. Even when the doctor correctly identifies the right medicine and the right dosage for a patient, the pharmacist may fail to fill the prescription correctly, and the patient’s health could be seriously compromised. Even worse, the medication could cause serious injuries and chronic conditions such as liver failure, kidney failure, amputation, and / or brain damage.

Pharmacists have a responsibility to fill the doctor's prescription orders correctly, to double check these prescriptions for accuracy, and to ensure that the patient is not allergic to the medication prescribed. These safeguards are in place to protect patients from receiving a dangerous drug that may be inappropriate for his or her treatment. If your health was compromised at the hands of a negligent pharmacist in South Florida, contact us at Kelley/Uustal today. A Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice lawyer at our office can meet with you for free to discuss the details of your case.

Types of Pharmacy Errors

Pharmacy errors can occur in numerous ways, including:

  • Filling the wrong medication
  • Not double checking dosage levels
  • Mislabeling medication with wrong instructions
  • Mislabeling medication with wrong patient’s name
  • Putting oral medication in an IV syringe
  • Failing to double check patient allergies in computer

Pharmacy errors can be lethal, especially if the patient is relying on a specific medication to correct an underlying illness or disease. Likewise, too much medication can also be lethal, especially to very small children and the elderly.

Contact a Pharmacy Error Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale

At Kelley/Uustal, our Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice attorneys have represented individuals who have been injured by pharmacy errors involving:

  • CVS pharmacy
  • Walgreens pharmacy
  • Rite-Aid pharmacy
  • Wal-Mart pharmacy
  • Sam’s Club pharmacy
  • Costco pharmacy
  • Target pharmacy
  • Hospital pharmacies

If you or someone you love has been harmed by a pharmacy error, it is important to speak to an experienced Florida medical malpractice lawyer immediately. At Kelley/Uustal, we believe that negligent pharmacists and pharmacy technicians should be held accountable for the injuries they have caused. Call our team today!

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