We like to think we can trust everyone who provides care for us. Our doctors and nurses diagnose and treat us. And pharmacists give us our prescribed medications. It isn’t too much to ask to expect all health care professionals to do their jobs. But what happens when pharmacies make mistakes? What happens when pharmacy malpractice takes place? You’ll learn more in this post.
Pharmacists are an essential part of the health care system. They also provide patient care as they’re responsible for carrying out a doctor’s orders. Years ago, patients directly interacted with pharmacists at their local drugstores. This meant that people could develop real relationships with their pharmacists. These days, billion-dollar corporations are replacing local pharmacies. This leads to less interaction between patients and pharmacists. In some cases, it can also affect the quality of patient care…
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How Do Pharmacies Mess Up?
Here are a few ways in which a pharmacy can make a life-altering mistake:
Give The Wrong Medication
Giving a patient the wrong medication is a basic mistake that should never occur. Any pharmacist that doesn’t follow a doctor’s prescription is considered negligent. Sometimes a pharmacist will try to blame a drug manufacturer for their error. But it is the pharmacy’s job to catch any errors before giving medication to a patient.
Don’t Account For Medical History
When a pharmacy fills your prescription, you expect that they’ll know your medical history. That’s part of their job, after all. But as we know, sometimes pharmacies make mistakes. A pharmacist might fail to ask a new patient about allergies or other important medical information. This failure to account for medical history can be a form of pharmacy malpractice.
Don’t Screen For Possible Medication Interactions
Many patients take multiple medications at the same time. It’s the pharmacist’s job to screen all current prescriptions. This is to make sure there are no possible side effects or bad reactions that could occur from combining medications.
If your alarm bells aren’t ringing yet, they should be! According to a recent study, medical errors are the leading cause of accidental death in America. Keep reading for a horrifying true story of one woman’s experience with pharmacy malpractice.
Pharmacy Malpractice Case Leads To Woman’s Skin Melting
In 2014, a doctor prescribed a woman in Georgia an antidepressant. At first, the medication seemed to be working. But after a few weeks, blisters broke out over her whole body and left her in excruciating pain. Khaliah Shaw learned that her skin was literally burning from the inside out. She was diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson syndrome. This rare skin disorder is caused by a reaction to or incorrect dosage of medication.
Shaw spent five weeks in a medically-induced coma while her skin slowly melted off. It was a painful and deeply traumatic time for her. Doctors told her that a similar incident could happen again. Because of a pharmacy mistake, Shaw’s previously flawless skin is now burned and scarred beyond recognition. Her sweat glands have melted off and her fingernails will never grow back. She filed a pharmacy malpractice lawsuit that claimed her pharmacy didn’t catch the wrong dosage that was prescribed to her.
According to the lawsuit, Shaw’s medical bills totaled more than $3.45 million. And the extensive long-term medical care that she needs will top that. After this horrific experience, Shaw has some advice. Above all else, she warns others to not fall victim like she did. “Be an advocate for yourself. Educate before you medicate. Know what the side effects are.”
Should You File A Pharmacy Malpractice Lawsuit?
Pharmacy malpractice happens way more than you think. The FDA receives more than 100,000 reports of possible medication errors each year. The errors have been happening at an alarming rate.
If you’re a victim of pharmacy malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Future medical expenses
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
When you go to the pharmacy, you’re trusting the medical professionals to keep your best interests in mind. If your pharmacy fails you, you need to find an experienced pharmacy malpractice lawyer.
How Do You Know You Have a Pharmacy Malpractice Claim?
If you or a loved one has been harmed by the actions of a pharmacist, our team of experienced pharmacy malpractice lawyers is here to help. Contact Hampton & King today for your free consultation.