Pharmacists fill hundreds or thousands of prescriptions every day, each one a particular medication at a particular dose. While it is impossible to completely eliminate the possibility of human error, pharmacy errors can have tragic results: confusing two medications, or even just bottling the wrong dose of the right medication, can result in serious complications or even death.
Pharmacists and doctors whose mistakes lead to harm can be held accountable for their negligence. If you have any questions about your rights as a victim of a pharmacy error, call the Kankakee pharmaceutical error attorneys of Spiros Law, P.C., at (815) 929-9292.
Types of Pharmacy Error
One of the most common causes of prescription error is mislabeling. Pharmacies carry thousands of different pills of varying shapes and colors, but the superficial appearance of a pill gives little information about the type of medication. If the labels of two bottles of similar-looking pills are switched, neither patient will receive the correct medication. This can also result in a patient mistakenly taking a medication that interacts with their other prescriptions or has deadly side effects.
It is also possible for the blame to lie with the prescribing doctor. Doctors who write prescriptions by hand run the risk of illegible handwriting being misinterpreted by the receiving pharmacy. It is also possible that a doctor simply mixed up the names of two medications or failed to determine the dose appropriate for that patient’s body and condition.
Pharmacy errors can have life-threatening consequences. If you or someone you love has been seriously harmed by a pharmacy error, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, losses, and suffering. To discuss your case with a compassionate Kankakee pharmacy error lawyer, contact the attorneys of Spiros Law, P.C., today by calling (815) 929-9292.