Every day, people across the U.S. suffer as a result of medication errors. Moreover, some people falsely attribute various hardships to medication errors and blame pharmacies for their challenges, even though other factors (such as pre-existing conditions) caused their health problems. It is important for pharmacies facing charges to carefully investigate the details of the claim and understand the prevalence of medication error claims. At some point, many pharmacies will encounter legal hurdles due to this issue.
Unfortunately, many pharmacies have difficulty defending themselves against these allegations, even when they are completely innocent. Between confusion regarding relevant laws and failing to approach a case thoroughly, some pharmacies face significant financial penalties and a shattered reputation due to allegations of pharmacy medication errors.
Understanding the prevalence of medication errors
On their website, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration states that they receive over 100,000 reports of suspected medication errors on an annual basis. The FDA goes over these reports and takes other steps to minimize the prevalence of medication errors by informing consumers and raising awareness among pharmacies. However, it is pivotal to understand that not all reports of medication errors are the result of a particular drug or a pharmacy’s wrongdoing. Sometimes, other health-related problems are responsible for a patient’s hardships.
Understanding the cost of medication errors
According to data that was published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the annual cost of medication errors in terms of patient suffering surpasses $40 billion. Furthermore, these cases are very costly for pharmacies, whether they suffer from a business standpoint due to a shattered reputation or struggle to pay costly fees.