What leads to medication errors at pharmacies?

On Behalf of | Nov 4, 2021 | Pharmacy Medication Errors Defense |

When people in New York become ill or injured, they may need to see various medical professionals to diagnose the medical issue and to treat it. Medical treatment can involve testing, surgeries, physical therapy, extra oxygen, IVs for fluids and other treatments. Many medical treatments also include various medications. There is generally a process for obtaining these medications though.

If people are in the hospital, they will receive the medications while they are there. However, most people who receive medications receive prescriptions from their doctors. These prescriptions state the type of medication that is needed as well as instructions on the dosage amount and how long the person should take the medication. The doctors do not generally give people the medication directly though. People usually need to go to a pharmacy to have the prescription filled so they can take it at home.

Pharmacists at the pharmacies play a vital role in ensuring that people receive the proper medication and understand how much of the medication to take as well as when to take it. Pharmacists can make mistakes though.

Common pharmacist errors

There are a number of mistakes that pharmacists can make, but the common ones include judgment errors regarding failing to detect interactions between drugs, failing to adequately counsel the patient on use of the medication, mistakes regarding the screening of the patient or medication, dispensing the wrong medication or dose of a medication, giving the wrong instructions and other mistakes.

People in New York rely on their pharmacies and pharmacists to ensure that they are receiving the correct medications to treat their various illnesses and injuries. Pharmacies need to ensure that they have the proper procedures and practices in place to ensure that patients are receiving their proper medications. Pharmacy errors can be very detrimental to the people taking medications as well as the pharmacy who could face lawsuits and other penalties. Experienced attorneys understand the role pharmacies play in providing medications and may be a useful resource for them.