Medical malpractice lawyers are often the ones who handle cases involving pharmacy errors. This is because the pharmacy error, in some cases referred to as a medication error, can occur at the hands of the medical provider prescribing the drug, or the pharmacy providing it to the patient if the drug given is incorrect.
According to the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention, a pharmacy or medication error is defined as, “any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm while the medication is in the control of the health care professional, patient, or consumer.”
Medication errors can be related to the professional practice that is prescribing medication, health care products, procedures, and any systems related to the medication including prescribing, communication, labeling, packaging, compounding, dispensing, distribution, administration, monitoring, use, and more.
There are multiple types of medication errors that could be directly related to a pharmacy error. Call today for a free case evaluation and to discuss your legal options.
According to the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, dispensing errors are those linked to a pharmacy or a healthcare professional who dispenses medication. This could include issues with:
Patients need to know that a medication error does not have to occur for it to be labeled a medication error. For example, a doctor may prescribe the medication to the patient, and it is only once the pharmacy fills the order that it is realized that there could be a negative drug interaction. From there, the pharmacist may call the doctor to suggest a different prescription and wait to fill the order.
The most common dispensing errors include:
Administration errors occur when there is any difference between what the patient received/was supposed to receive and what the medical provider intended in the original medication order.
These errors are common in hospital settings when nurses are tasked with following multiple doctor orders and an error occurs with the medication the patient was supposed to receive.
In busy healthcare settings, it’s unfortunate that medical documentation errors can occur. There is a variety of documenting errors that are possible including:
According to BioMed Central, medical transcription errors in hospital settings are those that illustrate “discrepancy between the physician medication order and the medication order transcribed onto any document related to the patient: including medical records/charts, medication sheets, discharge medication charts, etc.
Medication errors that involve monitoring are those that lead to failure in the drug treatment process that causes or can cause harm to the patient.
At Regan Zambri Long, our medical malpractice attorneys can guide you through a pharmacy error case. We put our faith in medical providers–be it doctors, nurses, or pharmacists, when they prescribe, administer, and dispense medication. But when something goes wrong in the process and it causes harm to a patient, action must be taken.
Medication errors can occur at any level of the communication process. This is why our medical malpractice attorneys work with our team of medical experts who can weigh in on what went wrong.
The most common pharmacy errors and medical errors that occur because of a negligent healthcare provider include:
To prove negligence in cases involving pharmacy errors and other medication errors, the following must be established:
It is important to know that if you or a loved one suffer injuries or death because of a pharmacy error or any other medication error at the hands of a medical provider, you do have options.
How long you have to file a medical malpractice claim following a pharmacy error largely depends on the state you are in.
If you or a loved one suffered as a result of a pharmacy error in VA, DC, or MD, the medical malpractice attorneys of Regan Zambri Long are here to help. We have helped clients recover millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts and we can do the same for you. Our legal team can help you recoup losses for:
We know how traumatizing these cases can be, especially if you have not been able to fully recover. This is why we handle all aspects of your claim so you can focus on your health. We will work with a team of medical professionals to determine what went wrong in your care, establish who is at fault for your injuries and suffering, and calculate the total value of your losses to ensure you and your family can move forward without financial concerns.
Cost is no object when it comes to secured and strong legal protection. At Regan Zambri Long, we work on a contingency fee basis which means you pay nothing until a settlement or verdict is reached.
For a no-obligation, free consultation, contact the DC, MD, and VA, medical malpractice attorneys of Regan Zambri Long at 202-960-4596 or by contacting us online.