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Prescription Medication Error Medical Malpractice

While the quality of healthcare and pharmaceuticals in the United States is overall commendable, it is crucial to acknowledge that prescription medication errors can and do occur, leading to profound consequences for patients. Despite rigorous safety protocols, the sheer volume of prescriptions processed annually increases the likelihood of errors slipping through the cracks. Indeed, studies reveal alarming statistics, suggesting that up to 30 million medical prescriptions are filled inaccurately at pharmacies each year. Such errors can have catastrophic implications, with patients experiencing adverse reactions ranging from severe illness to organ damage and, tragically, even death.

The ramifications of receiving incorrect medication extend far beyond physical harm, often causing emotional distress and financial burdens for patients and their families. Consequently, fostering awareness, implementing stringent safety measures, and holding accountable those responsible for medication errors are critical steps in safeguarding patient well-being and maintaining the integrity of healthcare systems. If you or a member of your family was harmed due to a pharmaceutical error, contact the medical malpractice lawyers at Burnside Law Firm to schedule a free consultation.

Examples of Pharmaceutical Error Negligence 

Pharmaceutical errors, a subset of medical malpractice, encompass a range of potential mistakes that can occur during the prescribing, dispensing, or administration of medication. These errors typically fall into two primary categories: dispensing the incorrect medication or administering the wrong dosage to the patient. However, the complexity of medication regimens and patient profiles introduces additional opportunities for error. Other prescription medication errors may occur, including:

  • Giving the wrong medication: This error occurs when a medication is incorrectly dispensed despite the label indicating otherwise. For instance, a prescription for an anti-seizure medication may be filled with blood pressure pills due to a mix-up in the pharmacy’s inventory or labeling process. Such errors can lead to serious consequences for patients, especially if they are reliant on the medication to manage a chronic condition.
  • Dispensing a combination of medications known to cause an overdose: Pharmacists have a responsibility to ensure the safe administration of medications, which includes recognizing potential interactions between different drugs. Dispensing a combination of medications that may potentiate each other’s effects, such as those known to slow the heart rate, can result in an overdose situation. For example, dispensing multiple medications that include beta-blockers or calcium channel blockers without considering the cumulative impact could lead to a dangerous overdose.
  • Failing to contact the prescribing physician regarding known risks: Pharmacists play a crucial role in medication management, including communicating with prescribing physicians to clarify instructions or address potential risks. Failing to consult the prescribing physician about known interactions or risks associated with a combination of medications can jeopardize patient safety. For instance, neglecting to verify the necessity of a second prescription for painkillers like Tramadol and methadone could contribute to opioid-related complications or overdose.
  • Failing to detect drug allergies: Patient safety hinges on pharmacists’ ability to identify and prevent adverse reactions to medications, including allergies. Dispensing medications contraindicated for patients with known allergies, such as Bactrim or Septra for individuals allergic to sulfa, poses significant risks. Failure to recognize and address such allergies can result in severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, which can be life-threatening.
  • Failing to develop and maintain appropriate quality assurance systems: In retail pharmacy settings like Walgreens, CVS or Walmart, establishing robust quality assurance systems is paramount to preventing medication errors. This entails implementing comprehensive protocols for inventory management, prescription filling and verification processes. Regular training and oversight are essential to ensure adherence to these protocols and identify areas for improvement. Failure to establish and uphold effective quality assurance systems can compromise patient safety and contribute to the occurrence of medication errors.

Contact Burnside Law Firm in Augusta or Athens, Georgia

At Burnside Law Firm LLP, our seasoned attorneys possess a wealth of experience in advocating for individuals who have suffered injuries or losses due to pharmacy errors. Drawing upon our extensive knowledge and resources, we collaborate closely with pharmacology experts proficient in assessing the toxicity of medications or dosages received by affected individuals. Additionally, we engage with experts proficient in evaluating the circumstances surrounding pharmacy errors, providing invaluable insights into the causal link between the error and resulting injury or fatality. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a pharmacy error or prescription medication mistake, we encourage you to contact one of our dedicated lawyers at Burnside Law Firm for a complimentary consultation. During this consultation, we will listen attentively to your concerns, offer personalized legal guidance and outline the steps necessary to pursue a claim effectively. Your well-being and legal rights are our top priorities, and we are committed to helping you seek the justice and compensation you deserve.

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Thomas R. Burnside III is a personal injury lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered injury as a result of automobile collisions, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, work related accidents or other causes. With over 20 years of experience in personal injury law at both the trial and appellate court levels, Attorney Burnside has represented people with brain and head trauma...

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Garon Muller is a trial lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have been seriously injured or damaged through the negligence or recklessness of others, including automobile collisions, workplace injuries, premises injuries, or defective products. Before beginning his practice in the representation of injured individuals, Mr. Muller served the community as an Assistant District Attorney...

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Robert MacGregor is an experienced trial attorney licensed to practice law in Georgia and South Carolina. At the Burnside Law Firm, Robert devotes his practice to protecting the rights of individuals who have been injured because of someone else’s carelessness, negligence, or recklessness and represents those who have been injured in automobile collisions or tractor-trailer accidents; because of a slip and fall; and in other general negligence actions.

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Ashton is a trial lawyer in Augusta, GA who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered serious injuries or damages due to the negligent or reckless conduct of others, including automobile wrecks, job-related accidents, unsafe premises, or defective
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    Augusta, GA, 30907

    Phone: (706) 432-8320


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    Athens, GA, 30601

    Phone: (706) 227-4264