Pharmacy Negligence and Prescription Drug Error in Georgia
In our Medical Malpractice and Healthcare Professional Negligence pages we covered what negligence is and how you can fall victim to healthcare professionals and hospitals. Here we will ask if you can sue a pharmacist.
Can I sue a pharmacist?
Yes! Just like all the other healthcare professionals, a pharmacist has certain duties to uphold. A failure to provide those duties is called malpractice and negligence.A pharmacist’s duties and what he or she is legally obligated to changes based on the state. In Georgia, a pharmacist can be held accountable for:
- Filling the prescription with the wrong medicine and the wrong dosage
- Providing the wrong use directions and improper counsel
- Delegating pharmacist specific responsibilities to a technician or an unqualified employee
- Errors in properly labeling the drugs
- Failing to account for compounding medicine
- Medicine contain important chemicals. When these compounds break down together when being ingested, they can interact differently. In some cases this can be toxic. Failing to take action against this or advising about it when prescribing multiple drugs is negligence.
Millions of prescriptions are filled every day and millions are improperly filled. Mistakes happen everyday and those people responsible must be held accountable to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Drugs are very serious and it is imperative that you only take medicine prescribed to you. Taking the wrong medication can lead to severe symptoms and side effects. In some cases, it can even lead to death.
IF YOU’VE TAKEN THE WRONG MEDICATION AND ARE EXPERIENCE SIDE EFFECTS. CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY
Why do these errors happen?
The American Medical Association has found an increase in prescription drug error over the years due to several reasons:
- Chain store pharmacies are rising leading to hiring of less trained individuals
- Computer system errors and failing to properly maintain inventory on these systems
- Negligent supervision over the pharmacy
- An error in communication between pharmacies
To quickly summarize, both employees and pharmacists are complaining about a lack of staffing in chain pharmacies as a result of cost-cutting measures. The pharmacists and other staff are also overloaded with work from drive-in prescriptions, phone calls, counsels, and other duties that didn’t previously exist at smaller, private pharmacies. Just like with every other large business, money is made by increasing profit margins. One of the best ways to do this is by reducing the amount of staff and increasing responsibilities; thus, leading to the potential for more error. These pharmacies get away with these constant errors because most victims don’t make a legal claim. Most people are afraid of the resources these companies have and fear they cannot afford to confront them. People believe it costs an arm and a leg to sue, when in reality it costs them nothing to start and fight a legal claim. Dan Chapman and Associates offer free, no obligation consultation on your case and we do not collect any fees until we win your case.
How do I get compensation?
The lawyers at Dan Chapman and Associates have been practicing medical malpractice for over 20 years. We know exactly how to build your case and how to prove the hardship in your life caused by the negligence of others. Here are some of the ways we go about showing that hardship
- Financial Hardship via lost wages and medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of earning capacity
- Emotional damages and mental anguish
- Loss of family or spousal support
- In some cases, punitive damages is possible
What You Need to Do
If you or a loved one are the victim of pharmaceutical negligence and prescription drug error and have already called 911 or taken proper precautions such as visiting a doctor,
- Collect all medication and medication packaging (pill bottles, baggies, boxes, etc). Do not throw anything away!
- Keep all receipts of purchase, invoices, and itemization of medications
- Obtain records of all previous history of medicine and drug use
- Call our lawyers at 678-CHAPMAN (678-242-7626)
Pharmacies, especially chain pharmacies, have ample resources. They have deep pockets with strong lawyers in addition to huge insurance policies. Don’t let them scare you off. You are always entitled to financial compensation. If they can have a lawyer, you can too. Call us at 678-CHAPMAN or 678-504-8564 for a free consultation about your case. We do not take fees until we win your case and you collect a settlement.