• Jul
    20
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    Don’t Become a Victim: How You Can Prevent Pharmacy Malpractice from Happening To You

    As a general rule, we trust our health care providers to do everything in their power to keep us safe and healthy. From physicians to phlebotomist, we believe that people who choose to enter the medical professions are dedicated to healing and helping, and this is true of our pharmacists and the staff of pharmacies as well. Though the days of the corner drugstore owned and operated by a single pharmacist have largely passed, we still have faith that those who work for the national chain stores will fill our prescriptions accurately, and even that they will protect us against mistakes that may have been made by those prescribing our medication. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC have represented many victims of mistakes made by those dispensing medication, and want to make sure that everybody knows how they can prevent pharmacy malpractice from happening to them.

    Though the purpose of a pharmacy is to dispense medication that will accomplish positive medical outcomes, there are a growing number of instances in which something goes wrong. Though in some cases the issue is with the medication itself, there are far too many occasions in which there is a mistake made by the pharmacist or one of their staff. These mistakes represent a failure in meeting the expected standard of care, and are therefore considered negligence and malpractice. Examples of pharmacy malpractice include providing a drug other than the one prescribed, not detecting drug interactions that could occur when a patient has been prescribed two different medications that are contraindicated, failing to provide a patient with appropriate warnings about a drug, and filling a prescription at the incorrect dosage, with incorrect dosage instructions, or for the incorrect duration.

    Though making sure that these types of errors do not take place is the responsibility of the pharmacist and their staff, there are steps that patients can take to help prevent pharmacy malpractice from happening to them. Some tips include:

    • Making sure that your pharmacist is aware of all of the medications that you are currently taking, including over-the-counter drugs and vitamins or herbal remedies
    • Making sure that the pharmacy has a record of all of your allergies and drug intolerances
    • When your physician provides you with a prescription, ask him about the name and dosage and then confirm this with the pharmacist. Make sure that the instructions that the physician provided you match the instructions on the prescription
    • Open the bottle and look at the imprint on the medication. If it does not match up with what you are expecting, ask the pharmacist to confirm that it is the correct medication, as well as the correct dosage.

    Though it is the pharmacist’s responsibility to make sure that they understand the physician’s order, enter it correctly into the system and dispense it accurately, double checking their work can go a long way to keeping you safe. If you or someone you love has been a victim of pharmacy malpractice, the attorneys at Jarve Kaplan, Granato & Starr LLC can help. Contact our office today to learn more or to set up an appointment.

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