Although the stereotypical doctor’s handwriting is illegible chicken scratch, pharmacists are trained to read prescriptions so that patients are given the correct type of medicine for their maladies. However, there are numerous reported instances in which pharmacies have given patients the wrong type of medicine or a dangerous dosage level.
Receiving the incorrect medication can leave people with serious injuries, including brain damage. If you or someone you know has suffered from this potentially fatal mistake, contact the experienced Wisconsin medical malpractice attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874 today.
Types of Pharmacy Mistakes
To protect you from harm, pharmacists must look at the prescription given to you and prepare the proper dosage. However, several different types of errors can occur, including:
- Distributing the wrong type of medicine entirely
- Administering a dosage that is too strong
- Giving a medicine that is dangerous when mixed with your current medications
Why Pharmaceutical Errors Occur
Pharmacies have tried to explain why these types of mistakes occur. In some cases, a medication prescribed to you may be the same exact shape and color as another type of medicine. However, pills should be stamped with identifying marks to prevent this error from occurring in the first place.
Additionally, pharmacists sometimes allow inexperienced pharmacy technicians to fill prescriptions. Pharmacy technicians do not have their pharmacy license and in some cases may even be high school students.
Tragically, pharmacies are not required to report these errors, which means that they may not be held accountable for their mistakes. If you have suffered from a pharmaceutical error, you should consider seeking financial compensation to help you recover, as well as to discourage this form of negligence in the future.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a pharmaceutical error, contact the Wisconsin medical malpractice lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874 today.