When you pick up your prescription from the pharmacy, you assume it has been filled properly and basic standards of care have been followed. You assume the pharmacist has filled your prescription with the correct drug and the correct dose. Sadly, this is not always the case.
Medication errors harm at least 1.5 million people every year. The costs of treating injuries from medication errors in hospitals alone have been estimated to be at least $3.5 billion dollars a year. This amount does not include other factors that can disrupt or destroy lives such as pain and suffering, disability, medical expenses, and lost wages.
It is also estimated that there is at least one medication error per hospital per day. Approximately 7,000 deaths and 400,000 preventable drug-related injuries occur each year in hospitals alone. Medicare recipients in outpatient clinics alone are victims of roughly 530,000 medication errors each year.
With millions of prescriptions being written each year, thousands are misfilled. Most of those pharmacy prescription errors will not be serious, but for some, the damage will be tremendous, resulting in permanent injury or death.
Types of pharmacy errors include: wrong medication, wrong strength, wrong label information and insufficient label information. The negative consequences include: taking a wrong medication to which you are allergic, taking a wrong medication, which causes you harm or fails to address the condition you need medication for, a damaging or fatal overdose of the medication your doctor ordered, a damaging or fatal under dosage of the medication your doctor ordered and a negative drug interaction between the wrong medication and another one you also take.
If you or a loved one has been injured from a misfiled prescription, please schedule a free consultation and case evaluation by calling Lewis, Feldman & Lehane, LLC locally at 205-254-3927, toll free at 888-295-7409 or completing our contact form. We’re the Alabama misfiled prescription attorneys who can help you receive the justice you deserve.