Every day people throughout Florida get their prescriptions filled at pharmacies. In fact, Florida is one of the top three states in this nation for filling the most medications, which partly has to do with the amount of seniors living in the Sunshine State who suffer from health complications.
Whether young or old, most people don’t think about medication mix-ups or that a pharmacist may have made a mistake with their prescriptions. But the truth is that pharmacists and pharmacy techs do make medication mistakes that include:
- Misreading a prescription
- Replacing a drug with a sound-alike or look-alike medicine
- Dispensing the wrong prescription
- Filling the wrong dosage of a drug
- Mixing up one patient’s prescription with another
- Providing the wrong instructions with the medication
- Not checking for drug interactions
- Selecting milligrams instead of micrograms
- Picking grams instead of milligrams
When a pharmacist makes an error such as these listed above, an innocent patient can suffer injuries or even death as a result. While everyone in life has made mistakes, not every mistake causes life-threatening outcomes. Sadly, patients as young as infants to some of the oldest residents in Florida aren’t immune from being victims of pharmacy mistakes.
When a pharmacist or pharmacy tech fills too high of a dosage or provides a patient with the wrong medication, it can sometimes cause heart failure, organ failure, and death. While these incidents are rare, they have and do continue to occur. Medication is so powerful that when dispensed wrong, patients are put in danger.
Unfortunately, pharmacists are often overworked and understaffed. They have to check the work of many pharmacy technicians plus deal with insurers, doctors, patients and phone calls. They are constantly interrupted from their work and rushed. Unfortunately, this environment can lead to them making fatal mistakes. When pharmacists don’t accurately check medications before handing them over to customers, they can be held liable.
If your loved one died as a result of a deadly dose or wrong medication, you may have a Florida wrongful death claim on your hands. While you may not want to think about a lawsuit or money at a time like this, you need to hold the negligent pharmacy responsible for your loved one’s death.
After your world has come crashing down, turn to a caring and experienced South Florida wrongful death attorney at the Law Offices of David Benenfeld for a free consultation and learn more about your rights at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″].