Just a few weeks ago, a Superior Court judge in Rhode Island reinstated the license of a pharmacist and state senator who had been found responsible for several serious pharmaceutical errors. According to one local news report, the pharmacist had committed several errors, including providing morphine to two children back in early 2012.
Evidently, one of the two children provided morphine was an 11-year-old girl who was prescribed medication for her acid reflux. Upon getting home and taking the medication, the girl’s parents noticed that she became extremely lethargic. They took her to the hospital, where they found out that she had ingested morphine that was in her acid-reflux medication.
In an initial determination, the Department of Health revoked the pharmacist’s license for fear that another error may result in the loss of human life. However, the Board of Pharmacy recommended a mere 2.5-year suspension.
When the pharmacist appealed the case of his license revocation, the judge hearing the case determined that the lower court judge who revoked his license had “abused his discretion” in doing so. In turn, the appellate court reinstated the pharmacist’s license, despite his history of errors.
The family of one of the children who was provided the dangerous morphine-ridden medication expressed their displeasure with the outcome, explaining “the idea of this man having his license again is nothing short of terrifying. The fact that any other parent could go through the same thing is simply inconceivable.”
Increasing Numbers of Pharmacy Errors
Each year, thousands of people are injured by errors made by local pharmacists. And with an increase in demand over the past few years, the stresses put on pharmacists are increasing more and more each year. This added stress can often result in an increased propensity to make an error.
Pharmacy Errors and Pharmacist Accountability
Whenever a pharmacist makes an error like the one discussed above, a serious injury is likely to result. When it does, the person harmed by the pharmacy error may be entitled to monetary compensation for his or her injuries.
Pharmacists have a duty to their customers to ensure that all prescriptions are accurately filled with the proper medication. In addition to holding the pharmacist liable, a pharmacy error victim may able seek compensation from the pharmacy itself.
Have You Been Injured by a Pharmacist’s Error?
If you or a loved one has recently been seriously injured after taking a medication that was provided to you in error, you may be entitled to monetary compensation based on the negligence of the filling pharmacist. The dedicated attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC have years of experience bringing cases against negligent pharmacists. To learn more about how pharmacy error cases are won in Maryland courts, call one of the skilled attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen. With their experience, you will be in good hands. Call 410-654-3600 to set up a free initial consultation with an attorney today.
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