According to a recent Institute of Medicine study, as many as 1.5 million Americans suffer as a result of pharmacy malpractice and medication errors each year.
Pharmacists are essential healthcare professionals who compound and dispense medications and provide counsel to countless patients. Unfortunately, the high number of prescriptions filled daily by pharmacists can result in negligent and reckless mistakes.
At the Atlanta, Georgia law office of Mitchell Shapiro Greenamyre & Funt LLP, our pharmacy malpractice lawyers provide victims with the highest standard of professional representation. Having obtained millions of dollars in verdict and settlements on behalf of past clients, we are uniquely quailed to help you too.
Contact the pharmacy malpractice attorneys at our Atlanta, Georgia, office to schedule a free consultation. Our lawyers will carefully evaluate your case and explain your options for recourse.
Pharmacist Errors In Dispensing Medications
Most pharmacy malpractice cases involve a patient who either receives the wrong medication or the wrong dose of a medication. If injury occurs as a result of a patient taking the medication exactly how the instructions tell him or her to, then the medication error may be the result of pharmacist negligence.
Pharmacist Errors In Compounding Medication
Pharmacists rarely compound medications anymore, though it is still done on a limited basis. Some medications, such as antibiotic syrups for children still require the hand of a pharmacist. Pharmacy malpractice may occur if a medication compound had the wrong ingredients, erred with dosages, or contaminated the medication.
Pharmacist Negligence In Teaching And Counseling
Many states require that pharmacists counsel patients about their medications. Pharmacists must make sure that the patient understands what the medication is, why it is being prescribed, and how it should be administered. The patient must also be made aware of potential side effects, and the pharmacist must also identify possible drug interactions.
Pharmacist Negligence In Supervision
There is a critical shortage of pharmacists in the U.S. Across the country pharmacy technicians are used to stretch the limited number of pharmacists available. These technicians must be supervised by a pharmacist; there is absolutely no exception to this rule. Many pharmacy malpractice claims are due to negligence in supervision.
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At the law office of Mitchell Shapiro Greenamyre & Funt LLP, our malpractice lawyers have handled many past claims involving medication errors. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation, contact our pharmacy malpractice attorneys. Serving Georgia clients statewide, we have the knowledge and experience to help you obtain the maximum compensation available to you.