When a pharmacist makes a mistake in the process of filling a patient’s order, there is a high likelihood that the patient will experience adverse effects or symptoms. Occasionally, a Maryland pharmacy error results in permanent injuries or even death. The extent of the damage caused by a pharmacy error depends on several factors, including the type and dose of medication that was given to the patient, as well as the patient’s age and health.
Pharmacy errors involving children and the elderly tend to be the most serious because these populations have fragile immune systems and may not be able to effectively communicate what they are feeling. While the burden to double-check all prescriptions often ends up resting with the adults who supervise young children and the elderly, the actual duty rests with the pharmacist to get it right in the first place.
As medical professionals, pharmacists have a duty to their patients. This duty requires pharmacists to accurately fill prescriptions and offer consultations to patients who seek advice. When a patient is harmed due to a pharmacist’s mistake, that patient is entitled to pursue a claim against the pharmacy, seeking compensation for the injuries caused by the error.
Toddler’s Prescription Filled at Four Times the Ordered Strength
In a recent news report, the mother of a 17-month-old child told reporters about a prescription error that could have seriously affected her young child’s health. Evidently, the child was diagnosed with an ear infection and prescribed a mixture of amoxicillin and clavulanic acid. The woman took the prescription to her local Walgreens to have it filled.
When she got home, she noticed that the medication looked different than it had in the past because it had a glue-like consistency. However, the woman told reporters that she “didn’t really question it too much because coming from a pharmacy, it should be right.” The mother gave her son the first dose of the medication, and he “freaked out.” The woman immediately rushed back to the pharmacy, bringing the bottle with her, where the pharmacist on duty determined that the medication was not mixed correctly.
The mother explained that, at this point, it appears as though the improperly mixed medication did not cause her son any serious or long-term damage. Walgreens opened an investigation into the error, claiming that such instances are exceedingly rare and that the company employs a multi-step process to reduce the chances of human error.
Have You Been Affected by a Pharmacist’s Mistake?
If you or a loved one has recently been harmed after being provided with the wrong medication, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for the injuries you have sustained. At the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, we handle Maryland pharmacy error cases, as well as cases based on errors occurring in neighboring Virginia and Washington, D.C. Our dedicated team of pharmacy error attorneys has the knowledge and skill necessary to successfully bring your case, as well as the compassion to make you feel comfortable throughout the process. To learn more about how we can help you pursue a claim for compensation, call 410-654-3600 to schedule your free consultation today.