Pharmacies across New York dispense millions of prescriptions to patients each year. The medications that pharmacists prepare and distribute treat ailments that range from minor to life-threatening, and their work is an extension of the therapeutic process patients’ doctors select for the patients’ care. When mistakes are made during the prescription intake and distribution processes, pharmacies and their employees may face claims of liability for alleged aggrieved parties.

This post will discuss some of the common ways that pharmacies commit dispensing errors that may lead to claims of loss and liability. This post is not intended to be used as legal advice. Its contents are informational and all readers with pharmacy medication errors defense should consult with knowledgeable local attorneys.

What is a dispensing error?

Dispensing errors are mistakes made in the transfer of medications from pharmacies to patients. Common dispensing errors include, but are not limited to:

  • Giving a patient the wrong medication
  • Giving a patient the wrong dose of medication
  • Not giving a patient a prescribed medication
  • Administering a patient the right medication but in the wrong form
  • Giving a patient expired medication

When a patient claims that they have suffered a dispensing error at the hands of a pharmacist, a pharmacy may find itself in the middle of a serious legal claim. To facer that claim, it can affiliate with a insurance and claims defense firm for case-specific support.

What can be done to prevent dispensing errors?

One of the best ways to avoid claims of liability about dispensing errors is to prevent them from happening. Creating clear channels of communication between doctors, pharmacists, and patients can help prevent transcription mistakes in the administration and distribution of prescription drugs. Additionally, vigilance on the part of pharmacists to check patient information against prescription information can help stop instances of dispensing errors from ever occurring.