We put a significant amount of faith in our doctors, pharmacists, and other healthcare workers to provide us with reliable, safe medical attention. When they fail to administer these services in a helpful and harmless manner, patients who are already in compromised situations are put at risk of suffering very severe consequences.
Causes of Pharmacy Error
Pharmaceutical errors result from negligent pharmacy or doctor mistakes, such as the following:
- Negligent doctor error
- Miscommunication between pharmacist and doctor
- Misreading labels or dosage amounts
- Misprinting patient dosage instructions
Many times, understaffed pharmacies rely on technicians or overworked pharmacists to deliver the correct type and amount of medication to patients. In these situations, errors are much more likely to arise.
Types of Pharmacy Error
There are two main types of pharmaceutical errors: dosage and medication mistakes. Patients who receive incorrect doses or dosage instructions run the risks of overdosing or underdosing, which often results in a delay of treatment. Both of these errors can be fatal, depending on the condition being treated and the type of medication in consideration.
Medication mistakes almost always result in a delay in treatment. They also, however, may prompt an adverse reaction in the patient. If the patient is allergic to the incorrectly distributed drug, then he or she is at risk of experiencing anaphylaxis. This condition, when severe enough, can result in death.
If you have suffered injury, illness, or disability as the result of a pharmacy error, then you have the right to demand damages from the responsible party. Contact a New York City personal injury lawyer of Orlow, Orlow & Orlow, P.C.