Picking up a prescription is often a routine part of life with no chance of anything wrong possibly happening. That is a misconception, everyday there are instances in Texas where pharmacy malpractice occurs leading to the need for a pharmacy malpractice attorney. You might be asking yourself, what constitutes pharmacy malpractice? Here are 5 common signs of pharmacy malpractice from Thomas J. Henry Law.
Doctors work directly with patients and therefore are more familiar with what the appropriate dosage for a patient should be. They will then send this to the pharmacy. A dosage error occurs when the pharmacist fills the prescription with a lower or higher dosage than was prescribed. This can lead to a patient having an overdose or the medication not working. Speak with a pharmacy malpractice attorney today.
An incorrect prescription can happen in two ways; the pharmacist fills the wrong prescription or the doctor prescribes the wrong medication. This is extremely dangerous and can cause serious injury to the patient. Taking the wrong medication can lead to kidney failure, overdose, and even death. Being injured by taking the wrong medication and be traumatic and contacting a pharmacy malpractice attorney is crucial to getting the justice you deserve.
Medication needs to be stored properly and ordered with little to no error. When a pharmacist gives out expired medication this can lead to serious consequences. The medication can become ineffective or less effective than a non-expired medication.
If you have ever picked up a prescription you know there are pamphlets included with your medication. Pharmacists are also required to provide information to the patient about drug interactions and possible complications. This should be part of their training. Many pharmacies will have a window where customers can meet with a doctor or pharmacist on staff for any other follow up questions.
Internet pharmacies are a newer way of getting prescriptions, however, some of these pharmacies do not have licenses to prescribe. Always use trusted pharmacies and doctors when getting medication. That is not the only way that a prescription can be made without a license. Pharmacies must renew their licenses and ensure their pharmacists are properly trained. If a pharmacy prescribed or dispenses medication without renewing its license this can be considered prescribing without a license.
Each of these signs of pharmacy malpractice can have serious consequences including worsening a medical condition, developing a new condition, poisoning, and even death. If you have been a victim do not hesitate to contact a pharmacy malpractice attorney immediately to discuss your options.
You are entitled to filing a personal injury lawsuit in Texas if you have been injured due to pharmacy negligence. You will be able to recover damages for lost wages, medical expenses, and non-economic damages for physical pain, mental anguish, disfigurement, physical impairment, or wrongful death. If you have been injured due to the negligence of a pharmacy, you need to contact Thomas J. Henry Law at 210-874-2615 for a consultation with a pharmacy malpractice attorney today.