Pharmaceuticals are supposed to help us fight our health problems, not be the source of more medical issues. However, if you are given the wrong medication in lieu of your prescription from your doctor, it can contribute to even more serious problems, such as brain damage.
Sadly, there are an estimated four pharmaceutical errors per day in a pharmacy that handles 250 prescriptions daily. If you are one of the people who have suffered from this act of negligence, contact the Danville medical malpractice attorneys of Spiros Law, P.C., at (217) 443-4343 to learn more about your legal options.
Types of Pharmacy Mistakes
Although the stereotypical doctor’s handwriting is an illegible scrawl, pharmacists are trained in reading prescriptions and doling out the correct medicine in the right dosage. However, certain mistakes can occur, including:
- Filling the prescription with the incorrect medication, sometimes because it looks similar to the one requested
- Distributing a dose that is too concentrated for the patient
- Giving out a medication that will react badly with a person’s other current medicine
A major problem with pharmaceutical errors is that pharmacies do not have to report when these mistakes occur. Thus, it is difficult to hold pharmacies accountable for their negligence. Additionally, not all incorrect medications cause a problem, which means that you may have received the wrong medicine without even knowing it.
Medications are powerful chemicals that can greatly alter your body’s proper workings if administered incorrectly. If you or someone you know has received the improper medication, you should discuss your legal rights with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. For more information, contact a Danville medical malpractice lawyer from Spiros Law, P.C., today at (217) 443-4343.